FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested 27 people from four states on drug-related charges, mostly involving heroin.

Lt. Ron Hibbard said Monday the charges stem from interdiction efforts targeting people moving drugs into or through Frederick County.

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Eighteen of the defendants are accused of possessing heroin or heroin paraphernalia. Two are charged with intent to distribute the drug.

Others are charged with possessing cocaine, marijuana or OxyContin.

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The arrests began Dec. 11 and continued through last Wednesday.

The defendants are from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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