Drug Bust Nets Dozens Of Arrests

Thirty-eight people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges as a result of a six-month undercover operation.

The operation was code named "Operation Crack Down" and resulted in arrest warrants for 38 suspected drug dealers. All are accused of selling either crack cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy or the prescription drug oxycotin.

The Hancock County Narcotics Task Force made a total of 69 cases against the 38 violators. Many of the accused dealers sold drugs to undercover officers more than once.

Task Force leaders say help from the community made the county-wide sting a success.

"A lot of our arrests come from tips by citizens, and without those tips from the citizens we would not be successful in keeping drugs in check," Task Force Director Brett Ladner said. "It was not just one concentrated area we tried to infiltrate we basically went throughout the whole county."

Six cars were seized during Operation Crack Down. Six federal, state and local law enforcement agencies assisted the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force in the early morning round-up. Law enforcers are still looking for 10 suspected drug pushers.