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Drug sweeps in South Georgia

February 1, 2005

Mitchell Co. - In the dark, using flashlights, and a lot of persistence, officers round up one, after another, after another. Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force Commander Joey Autrey says, "I woke up this morning with the thought that we were about to put some drug dealers in jail and I looked forward to coming to work this morning."

Working to stop a group of people from dealing in front of homes. Autrey says, "These are the ones that they see selling drugs. These are the ones that are bringing people into the neighborhood that are buying the drugs." But today, they were taken out of the neighborhood, and officers hope more will be soon be removed.

"When the community gets ready to do something about the problem, they can work with us and working together is going to be our best bet in solving the problem," says Autrey. And agents believe the 18 arrests they made here are part of that solution.

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