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Sheriff’s news release on drug busts

Sheriff Larry Waller announced today that this morning at 4:30 am 85 law enforcement officers from the Lamar, Spalding, Upson and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; the Barnesville, Thomaston, Milner, and Griffin Police Department; the Multi-County Narcotics Task Force; the Towaliga Circuit District Attorney’s Office; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Corrections; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshall’s Service, in a coordinated effort, made arrests for crack cocaine of 19 suspects of illegal drug sales. (video of press conference after the jump) Warrants have been taken for 10 others and they will be arrested when apprehended. Nine vehicles were seized in Lamar and adjacent counties. The roundup was the result of months of cooperative investigative effort and is yet another testament to the value of cooperation among law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Waller said,” We have the talent and professionalism in all these agencies. The will work together and bring equipment, manpower, and expertise to any cooperating agency. That is the way that it has to be to successfully wage the war on crime of all types”. Sheriff Waller also said,”These crack cocaine arrests show the extent of drug violations and are why much attention is focused on crack as well as methamphetamines. Some of the dealers may deal in both drugs. Investigations are continuing for meth and crack dealers from the largest to the smallest.”

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