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Home  |  News  |  Dozens arrested in year-long drug investigation

Dozens arrested in year-long drug investigation
Friday, March 9, 2012

 
NEWBERRY COUNTY, (WIS) - Wrapping up a year-long undercover drug investigation, officers from several agencies started serving arrest warrants on 62 suspects across Newberry County Thursday. So far, 25 have been arrested.

Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, Newberry Police Department, Whitmire Police Department, Prosperity Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriff's Office and State Law Enforcement Division began serving the arrest warrants Thursday afternoon.

The investigation climaxed last Friday when investigators executed a search warrant at 928 Gray Street in Newberry. James Stewart Turner, James Kenneth Sligh, Tiyon Sanders, Terrell Sanders, Bryan Oneil Jackson, Carl Sheppard, and Michael Long were arrested on a variety of drug charges ranging from Distribution of Crack Cocaine to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sheriff Lee Foster said, "Many of these investigations came about because law-abiding citizens were fed up with the specter of drug dealing in their community and have decided that they want their neighborhoods back."

Newberry isn't unique. Like many communities across the country, there is a drug culture.

"It's a problem in the neighborhood but people got to make a living," said Frederic Epps.

He grew up in Newberry and admits he used to sell crack.

"I couldn't find no job, so I started selling dope," said Epps.

He never thought he'd get caught. For 12 years Epps lived the life of drug dealer.

"I started selling dope when I was 14," said Epps. "I didn't get caught until I was 26."

Phyllis Worthy said she has never seen any drugs in her West End neighborhood, one of the areas investigators targeted for drug activity.

"They're pointing the finger as far as drugs but the main thing is the jobs," said Worthy. "If you get us some jobs a lot of the activity they say is going on wouldn't be going on."

One resident who did not want to be identified said he's seen people forced to pay for their drug habit by stealing. He says stopping the culture starts with the children.

"I know these grown people we can't save them," he said, "But let's think about these kids coming into the world, how to save them."

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17114839/dozens-arrested-in-year-long-drug-investigation

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