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Mississippi authorities nab 48 suspects during large-scale drug sweep

July 9, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mississippi authorities nab 48 suspects during large-scale drug sweep

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Authorities in Mississippi have arrested dozens of suspects including a former local jailer during an extensive drug sweep targeting opioid dealers on Friday.

The latest action is part of a continuing crackdown by Mississippi law enforcement officials against drug dealers across the state.

During a news release Friday, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said the operation, was the result of an 18-month joint drug investigation, which culminated in the arrests of 48 suspects, including a former Lawrence County Jailer during Friday’s drug sweep.

Dowdy told WDAM, the large-scale operation, which began on Thursday, spanned over five counties in southwest Mississippi.

Miss. Police launched major anti drug operations across the state in recent weeks (WDAM)

Moreover, Anti-narcotics cops seized 423 dosages of hydrocodone, 107 oxycodone pills, 135 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of crack cocaine and eight grams of cocaine powder over the course of the investigation.

Law enforcement officials said although officers served arrest warrants in Walthall, Lincoln, Copiah, Davis, and Pike counties, the majority of the suspects face charges of drug distribution in Lawrence County.

Police said the 48 people arrested remain in custody at the Lawrence County Jail on no bail pending their initial court appearances. Another 17 suspects remained at-large as of Friday, WDAM reported.

Another 17 suspects remained at-large as of Friday, WDAM reported.

The multi-county bust netted 48 arrests as of Friday.

Dowdy said the bust was one of the several large-scale raids that occurred across the state in the recent weeks.

A two-day operation last week led to the arrests of 139 suspected drug dealers in the city of Jackson. Authorities conducted similar sweeps in Tupelo, Dowdy and Lee County, Tupelo.

“It’s the modern age of law enforcement, we hit a couple of houses early, made some arrests, information got out on Facebook,” Dowdy said these people are like roaches, you turn the light on and they’re going to scatter and try to find a dark place to hide,” Dowdy said.

WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

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