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Drug sweep puts at least 20 behind bars in Jackson Co.

More than 20 people are behind bars now, charged with various drug offenses. (Photo source: WLOX) More than 20 people are behind bars now, charged with various drug offenses. (Photo source: WLOX)
The people who were arrested Tuesday we're booked at the sheriff’s substation at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  (Photo source: WLOX) The people who were arrested Tuesday we're booked at the sheriff’s substation at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The calls went out and one by one they came in escorted by police officers. The suspects were booked, fingerprinted and charged.

Who were the targets of the bust?  The Commander of the Metro Enforcement Team is Keith Havard. 

“Local street drug dealers throughout the Jackson County area, and this came to a head this morning,” Havard said.

He added it wasn't just drugs involved in this raid. 

“We have conducted a couple of search warrants this morning. We have found some firearms and narcotics at the locations that we have been searching,” said Havard.

This roundup is designed to send a clear message to would be criminals, according to Sheriff Mike Ezell. 

“We want these folks to know that we are here. We're around the clock. We out there looking at you and making cases against you. We have a zero tolerance for this type of thing,” Ezell said.

Officials with the Metro Enforcement Team say while these kinds of arrests do make a dent in the drug trade in Jackson County, it certainly isn't enough. They are faced with overwhelming odds sometimes, according to Havard. 

“You really need an army of people to combat this problem. Unfortunately, our government, the funding and everything, we just don't have that. But, we do the best we can with the group that we have.”

Another source of irritation for Ezell is knowing that most of those arrested will more than likely be out on bond within 24 hours. 

“It is frustrating at times, but that's part of the job. That's the system that we have and we have to work with, but we will aggressively go after them and find them back out there. If we can catch them out there, we can get their bond revoked,” said Ezell.

It's a job that never seems to end.

Initial court appearances for most of the suspects will be held in the next day or two.

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