With information from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office
More than dozen arrests have been made and more are expected in a major drug trafficking round up in Sumter County. Narcotics agents and Sumter County Sheriff's deputies, along with state and federal agents raided several homes this morning and WALB was there as they took down one of the suspects during a traffic stop.
At a press conference Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith, along Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachel and Southwest Judicial District Attorney Plez Hardin says hundreds of man hours have been put into the case, which originated in Taylor County.
Narcotics agents and Sumter County Sheriff's deputies spent the morning knocking on doors looking for suspects in a multi-county drug trafficking network.
More than a dozen arrested during an early morning sweep.
"This is something that just didn't happen over night. It's been a 3 to 4 month long investigation," said Sheriff Smith.
At a press conference, Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith along Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachel and Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Plez Hardin talked about the hundreds of man hours that were put into the trafficking case which originated in Taylor County and grew from there.
"This thing looked like it was going viral. It went from one place to another. It's the culmination of a lot of hard work. We're planning on arresting a lot of people today," Hardin said.
We tagged along with law enforcement during the round up. With warrants in hand, many of the homes turned up empty. But our cameras were rolling when they made two arrests including one of the 30 suspect sought in the roundup during a traffic stop. Deputies arrested Milo Mumford and another man after they found several hundred dollars in suspected drug money and a powder like substance in their possession.
The GBI, DEA, ATF, GSP along with Sumter and Lee County deputies took part in the raids. It's all an effort to combat the local war on drugs.
"Joining together it brings a lot more to the cause of what we're going out here for - to make these arrests and get drugs off the streets," said Rachals. "We expect another wave of arrests or another wave of arrests later on as the investigation proceeds."
With a dozen charged today this is just the tip of the iceberg as the case unfolds.One that's certain to put a dent in the south Georgia drug trade.
Officials say the drugs involved range from crack cocaine to marijuana. Weapons and theft charges are also possible against some of the suspects sought in the drug roundup.
Here is a statement from Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith-
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office with assistance from DEA, Lee County Sheriff's Office and Taylor County Sheriff's Office, initiated a Narcotics investigation targeting a multi-county drug trafficking network.
As of today's date, arrest warrants have been taken for approximately 30 Defendants in reference to this investigation. Approximately 50 Law Enforcement Officers from ten additional agencies were on hand to participate in the execution of these arrest warrants.
The participating agencies are: Sumter County Sheriff's Office; Americus Police Department; Georgia Bureau of Investigation- Region 3; Probation and Parole; DNR; DEA; Taylor County Sheriff's Office; Lee County Sheriff's Office; ATF and GSP.
Arrest began at approximately 6:30 A.M. this morning and will continue throughout the next several days. Sheriff Pete Smith acknowledges and appreciates all of these participating agencies.
Without the sharing of resources and manpower among these agencies, long term multi-jurisdictional investigations would not be possible. Sheriff Smith would like to extend particular appreciation to the Deputies of the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Reggie Rachels, who provided close to 2500 hours of manpower to this investigation.
Sheriff Smith stated that this investigation will continue for approximately one month and additional arrests are pending.
Here are some of those arrested-
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