Feds indict 29 on drug charges in Ohio, W.Va., Pa.

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 29 people in an interstate drug ring that prosecutors say moved tens of thousands of pain pills, plus heroin and cocaine through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said 24 had been arrested by Wednesday afternoon while the rest were being sought.

In all, the two indictments handed up by a grand jury in Wheeling contained 87 counts.

Ihlenfeld says the charges stem from an investigation that began in September 2011 and included extensive surveillance, controlled purchases, search warrants and seizures.

He says some of the drugs brought into the tri-state region came from Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; and Baltimore, Md.

Prosecutors are also now seeking the seizure of multiple vehicles and cash from the defendants.