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Eight arrested in Hattiesburg drug sting

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Monday, several law enforcement agencies joined forces and conducted a drug investigation round up which resulted in the arrests of eight suspected illegal narcotics dealers.

The eight arrested were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

They were: Michael McGowan, 37; Alvin Williams, 41; Reginald Waters, 35; Shantel Love, 2;, Donald Hathorn, 38; Ernest Breland, 23; Jerome Jackson, 32; and Willie Holloway, 23 - all of Hattiesburg.

Hathorn and Love were charged with conspiracy; Williams was also charged with distributing.

The partnership, dubbed “Operation Star Trek," involved a ten-hour sting after more than a year of undercover surveillance work.

On August 3, a federal grand jury in the southern district of Mississippi and a state grand jury in Forrest County returned indictments against these eight targets of investigation in support of a gang and violent crime initiative.

The investigation was spearheaded by the DEA, ATF and the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Assisting with the operation was the 12th judicial district’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Houston Police Department.