The Vermont office of the United States Attorney is expanding its prosecution of a group of people being charged with methamphetamine crimes in the Northeast Kingdom.
Prosecutors say eight more people were arrested Tuesday, bringing to 13 the number of people charged with methamphetamine related crimes in the Island Pond area that began last spring and ended in November.
The first three arrests came in November after a raid of what police described as a meth lab in Island Pond.
The indictments were issued by a federal grand jury earlier this month. They were announced Wednesday.
The charges carry a range of penalties up to 40 years in prison.
Some of the defendants have already appeared in court. Others are due in court today.