State police say a major drug bust in Orange County has likely saved many lives.

A months-long investigation into a case involving the dealing of heroin laced with fentanyl in Orange, Lawrence, and surrounding Indiana counties culminated with three arrests Thursday.

Police started following up on information on 30-year-old Tyler Moore of Bedford in June of this year.

Detectives found out he had moved to Orleans in Orange County and after three months,  probable cause was obtained of his alleged involvement in dealing drugs.

Moore was stopped for speeding yesterday on Indiana 37 in Orleans.  Meth, marijuana, and heroin were found on two passengers in the car.

That led to a search of Moore’s apartment where about 1 pound of heroin and fentanyl were located.

The drugs have a street value of $75,000.

State Police Sgt. Greg Days says the substances are very deadly as 70% of opioid deaths involve fentanyl.

He added that the amount of heroin seized amounts to about 4,000 doses.

Moore and two female passengers from Columbus face numerous drug-related charges.