60 arrests announced in 'Appalachia' opioid takedown

These arrests spanned across five states, and included more than 30 physicians.
1:14 | 04/17/19

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Transcript for 60 arrests announced in 'Appalachia' opioid takedown
These cases were brought across twelve judicial districts including the nine districts that comprise the up election regional prescription OP weight or our post strike force. As well as the eastern district to pianist Pennsylvania. In the eastern district of Louisiana. As charged these cases involve approximately 350000. To open order prescriptions. And more than 32 million pills. The equivalent of a dose of oak yours for every man woman and child across the states of Ohio. Kentucky Tennessee. Alabama and West Virginia combined. In addition to these cases were also announcing the expansion. Of your post strike force into a tenth federal district today the western district of Virginia. Type size that the charges that we're announcing today are merely allegations. And each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they're proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. We're gonna follow the evidence wherever it goes in these cases the data tells us that there's going to be more to come. That this is a very significant problem in the region. A confident unfortunately that that today. The sixty individuals who charged will not be the last individuals charged in this region.

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