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6 arrested after Roanoke Valley drug trafficking investigation

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Six people were arrested after a drug trafficking investigation in the Roanoke Valley. An indictment listing Clarence Hawkins, Jessie Hawkins, Brenda Williams, Larry Borden, Sharon James and Trivia Martin has been sealed.

According to court documents two brothers, Clarence and Jessie Hawkins, have been under investigation since 2013 for operating a drug trafficking organization.

The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia says for the past five years members of this group would travel to Chicago two to three times a month. They would then pick up cocaine and heroin and bring it back to Roanoke.

Investigators say during a search of Clarence Hawkins' home in the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments police found 266 grams of what tested positive for cocaine and 20 grams of what tested positive for heroin.

They served other search warrants in the Roanoke area that led investigators to more than a quarter million dollars, four guns and more suspected coke, heroin, marijuana and ecstasy. Police say the Chicago connection is unusual.

"For the Roanoke Valley, New Jersey seems to be one of the main sources of heroin. Baltimore and Greensboro is up there as well" said Roanoke Police Captain Rick Morrison who oversees criminal investigations.

Capt. Morrison couldn't comment on this case but says heroin is relatively cheap and has become prevalent in last two years.

"You can go to New Jersey and buy a bag of heroin between four and five dollars. You could take that same bag of heroin come into Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley and sell it for $25-$30, so you see a good profit," said Capt. Morrison.

Roanoke County was named a "high intensity drug trafficking area" in November meaning the area can get federal resources to help stop drug trafficking.

We're told the U.S. Attorneys Office is working on announcement that may bring federal grant money to help with drug enforcement.

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