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200 drug-dealer suspects nabbed in Oxycontin raids

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HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Kentucky began arresting more than 200 drug-dealer suspects Tuesday in the state's biggest crackdown yet on Oxycontin, the powerful prescription painkiller blamed for scores of deaths.

More than 100 officers from local, state and federal agencies began the roundup at daybreak, taking suspects straight from their beds.

Police expect to arrest about 210 people over the next few days, said Dan Smoot, head of law enforcement for the anti-drug task force Operation UNITE in Hazard.

The raids came as authorities brace for an increase in Oxycontin trafficking when a generic version of the drug hits the market.