MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.
According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of several months of an undercover drug investigation. Hall says thanks to the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force, they were able to make 22 arrests of those selling marijuana, crack cocaine and various pills.
Hall says the arrests started Saturday morning and continued through Monday morning. All 22 appeared in justice court Monday afternoon for their initial appearances, and bonds were ranged from $50,000 to $300,000.
Several of the suspects were arrested for selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school. Hall says the drug problem is becoming an epidemic, and the presence of one drug in particular is getting worse.
"I feel like if we don't keep chipping away at it, it's going to take over. I have been in law enforcement for a long time, and I see it getting worse everyday. The pills are the ones that's really come forward. There is starting to be a lot more of that going on," said Hall.