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Valley Police, Drug Task Force Arrest 20 in Meth Busts

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Police in the Shenandoah Valley have arrested 20 people they say conspired to make and sell methamphetamine. The Rush Regional Drug Task Force made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Investigators say they shut down clandestine labs in Harrisonburg, Rockingham and Page counties. They also seized meth-making materials, which are often purchased in small quantities by suspects known as "smurfs."

"A smurf is an individual that a cook will enlist to help them make methamphetamine. And out of that they will go to the stores and individually pick up the ingredients, so any one person will not be a target, so to speak," explained Mark Campbell of the Rush Regional Drug Task Force.

Police say their two-month investigation also led to the seizure of other drugs, including bath salts and morphine. Five more suspects are still at large.

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