Residents in the state of West Virginia and in neighboring states like Ohio may often hear or read news reports about criminal investigations that spanned multiple states. There can be times when a variety of law enforcement entities choose to collaborate and focus on what they allege to be criminal behavior that may occur in more than one state. Recently, there was a relatively large investigation like that that has now resulted in many individuals being arrested.

As reported by WVNews.com, the investigation was conducted across parts of the state of Ohio and in West Virginia, mostly focusing on the southwest portion of that state. The counties of Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha were apparently heavily involved in the case. Authorities believed that a series of people were distributing heroin and methamphetamine.

WOWK.com added that more details about the case and the number of people accused of being involved had been released after the initial reports were made. At least 23 defendants are said to be facing a variety of charges involving not only the illegal substances but also weapons. Some of the defendants are reported to be physicians, but it is not known what their alleged involvement in the case is.

No details are yet know about the exact charges facing each of the defendants or what type of potential consequences any defendant might face if they were to be convicted of the charges against them. Also unknown is the decisions of the defendants to plead innocent or guilty to the charges.