The town of Huntington, West Virginia has been described as the epicenter of the national opioid crisis in a recent documentary produced by Elaine Sheldon. The overdose death rate there is fully 10 times the national average. But yesterday, in a series of sweeps, the FBI and teams from local law enforcement destroyed the largest distribution network into the city.
The drug-pushing operation was run by the Peterson Brothers of Detroit, Michigan. They had been operating this ring for 15 years; but only since the Trump Administration were they uncovered and investigated. According to Federal Attorney Michael Stuart, a quarter-million doses of Fentanyl was seized along with large quantities of other narcotics.
According to authorities, Willie 'Chill' Peterson secured the drugs in Detroit, and passed them to his brother, Manget 'Money' Peterson in West Virginia. Manget Peterson, the leader of the ring, was the at hub of the pipeline and controlled at least 70 distribution networks.
"Let me point out that today's raids were not picking up addicts or street-level dealers." Stuart told WCHS-8, "This is severe disruption in the supply network into Huntington. It's a potential game-changer."
Stuart encouraged addicts in Huntington to seek out treatment centers since the supply of Opioid-based narcotics has been extremely curtailed. The area is part of President Trump's new Quick Response Program which follows up on overdose victims and tries to get them into drug treatment. The new program also repealed Obamacare restrictions on police and EMT personnel administering an antidote to overdose victims. The number of overdose deaths in Huntington has declined significantly, according to WEPM-Radio 1340.
And so far from the glamorous and tough image that Hollywood depicts of drug kingpins and gang-leaders, 'Money' Peterson was allegedly quite the coward when captured. Authorities were prepared for a potential shootout, but Petersen nearly died of fright when the FBI appeared and had to be supported while led, begging the agents to let him go. It may or may not be a true story, but Peterson's photos show him as a short, squabby guy who looks like he's afraid of his own shadow.
There's really nothing about narcotics trafficking that's ever been like Hollywood depicts it. It's always been, and still is, the domain of the lowest type of criminal.