By Kate Gaier
4:45 pm January 11, 2007
Agents have spent months building up cases against these suspected drug dealers, and they say with these type of sweeps you never know what you're going to get. Just about $700 in cash and more than a dozen bags of marijuana is what drug agents pulled off of just one individual during their sweep of Thomas County.
It started before the sun even came up, and within hours 43 suspected drug dealers were locked up.
SGT Melvin Johnson with the Thomasville Police Department was in on the raid and said, "That means this is a lot of drugs we won't have on the street that our kids and other potential users won’t have a chance to get their hands on."
Undercover agents have been purchasing cocaine and marijuana for nearly three months. They say some of the buys were in the county, but the majority was made within city limits.
Kevin Lee, the commander of the Thomasville-Thomas County Narcotics Unit, said, "There's no king pin involved in any of these but there were several that were higher then the others because of the quantity of cocaine and marijuana they sold."
Agents say the corner of Oak and Calhoun is a busy area for drug activity. They say undercover agents have even made several purchases here on several different occasions. A busy corner for sales turns out to be a busy location for busts. Agents say many arrests were made at that very location.
Agents say they have a better advantage starting their day at four in the morning. It catches many dealers off guard and it helps keep the word from spreading that they're on the lookout for suspected drug dealers.