Put Traveling Drug Dealers in Prison

West Virginians should join our neighbors in East Ohio in applauding a major crackdown on illegal drugs in Jefferson County.

What is most pleasing about the arrests of 22 people Wednesday is that many were not local residents. That sends a message to out-of-town drug dealers: Ply your evil trade somewhere else. It’s too hot for you in East Ohio.

Arrests this week in Steubenville were the result of a 78-count federal indictment. Its implications were explained by Fred Alverson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus.

Alverson said Columbus has become a distribution center for illegal drugs sold in Ohio and this region of West Virginia.

It appears that, in effect, the Wednesday arrests broke up a ring of traveling sales executives. But these people were not selling magazines or cleaning products. Instead, they were recruiting local drug dealers – and sometimes providing them with guns.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have pulled off quite a coup with the Wednesday arrests. Area residents should urge them to keep up the good work and find new homes for lots of out-of-town drug dealers – in state and federal prisons.