HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police official says the number of homicides authorities have investigated this year in the city he oversees has surpassed all previous records.

The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington police Capt. Hank Dial as telling the city council's Public Safety Committee that police have investigated 16 homicides so far in 2017.

In his appearance before the committee Wednesday, Dial said some of the deaths could be traced to the often-violent drug trade.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com