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Guernsey County pill bust connected to W. Va. pharmacy heist

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Investigators say 5,000+ prescription pills may have come from June break-in

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Detectives say that the operation that resulted in the largest prescription pill bust in Guernsey County history may be connected to a pharmacy heist that took place in West Virginia in June.

During the July 29 raid on a Center Township residence, deputies reportedly seized more than 5,000 pills, as well as what is believed to be marijuana and heroin. Officers also recovered a large amount of cash and some firearms.

Guernsey County detectives say the pills are believed to be part of a burglary that took place from a Williamstown, West Virginia pharmacy in late June. To date, only a small percentage of the missing pills have been recovered. Investigators have reportedly recovered evidence that links a number of local suspects to that break-in.

The Guernsey County Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with authorities in Williamstown to bring a number of other suspects in for questioning.

Drug charges against a male suspect already in custody are expected to be submitted for possible indictment to the Guernsey County grand jury regarding the incident at the Center Township residence.

Bill Cassler

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