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6/20/07-Smith County

Smith County Deputies Arrest Several Alleged Drug Dealers

An early morning drug roundup lands a dozen East Texans behind bars.  For the past four months, the Smith County Sheriff's Department has followed more than 20 suspected drug dealers and users.  Wednesday, some of them got an interesting wake up call.  

Wednesday morning's drug roundup, known by Smith County Sheriff's Deputies as Operation Spring Cleaning started before the sun came up, but the investigation began much earlier.

"That all started back in late January and early February of this year," said Smith County Major Mike Lusk.  "The sheriff's department is very proactive about drug enforcement because it has such a relationship to overall crimes."  Through citizen complaints and confidential sources, the sheriff's department says it was able to develop leads on 22 people.  Many of them, authorities say sold narcotics to undercover officers.

"We will purchase them and simply walk off," said Lusk.  "At a later time we will get a group of them, then we start what we call a bust out, or start rounding these people up."  Wednesday morning, KLTV 7 was there when deputies arrested Brent Floyd, 25, Mitchell Adair, 51 and Rickey Harris, 56, all on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

"We are very pleased with the outcome this morning," said Lusk.  They should be because along with Wednesday's arrests, the sheriff's department has seized about $22,000 in cash, six vehicles and confiscated about two and a half pounds of narcotics that is now off our streets.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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