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State police cite massive jump in illegal narcotics

July 27, 2010 | Virginia News

Even as the economy continues to flounder, illegal drug activity in the area is flourishing. But just how rampant the local drug trade is depends on the source.

According to Virginia State Police Supervisory Special Agent M.V. Prailey, coordinator of the multi-jurisdictional Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force, drug cases increased 270 percent from 2008 to 2009 in the six counties covered by his office — Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

He named Culpeper, Fauquier and Orange counties as “hot spots” for drugs in this district, followed by small towns like Gordonsville and Orange.

Asked if the situation is better or worse than it was 10 years ago, Prailey said there’s definitely been an increase. Cocaine is the drug of choice in the area, he added, saying most of the narcotics used locally come from northern Virginia.

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