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Covington County roundup snags suspected drug dealers


At approximately 4 a.m., Thursday Covington County authorities and the North Central Division Drug Task Force launched Operation Meltdown, a drug roundup that netted 25 suspects.

Twenty-eight law enforcement officers rolled out before dawn to serve 22 felony arrest warrants and two search warrants. The roundup was the culmination of more than six months of intelligence gathering.

Collins Police Chief Ronnie Dickinson said the purpose of planning one major roundup and sitting on some evidence for months in certain cases was to send a message to local drug dealers and to let the community know that the authorities are making an impact.

The roundup was meant to be covert and was largely planned in secret in order to catch the alleged dealers off guard. Some of the participating officers only learned of the operation this morning.

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