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Authorities say man moved $1.3 million worth of meth into Tri-State area

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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

A drug bust in Hopkins County is being called a major victory in the war on meth.

A two-year investigation has led to the arrest of a suspect accused of meth distribution in the Western Kentucky area and across the country.

That investigation was handled by local, state and federal agencies and led to the arrest of 42-year-old Eric Melton of Madisonville on drug trafficking charges.

Officials say Melton is responsible for distributing a minimum of 30 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $1.3 million, into the area over the course of a year.

Last month, the DEA, Madisonville Police, narcotics units from Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Kentucky State Police and the IRS raided three homes Melton used and seized $38,000, three cars, and 13 pounds of meth worth close to $600,000.

"As far as I know, probably the largest seizure that I know of before this has been four pounds. Now, I mean this is many times that. This is the largest drug bust we've had in at least my 20 years that I've worked here," says Lt. Chip White with Madisonville police.

Detectives say they also worked with the United States Postal Service to conduct this investigation.

Melton has been charged with federal and state narcotics trafficking charges. Detectives do anticipate more arrests from across the country.

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