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Marion County drug sweep targets more than 50 offenders

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Officers with the Marion County Narcotics Task Force spent Friday night and Saturday serving felony arrest warrants throughout Marion County.

Task force officers began Friday night with a list of more than 50 alleged drug offenders to be picked up on a county wide sweep. Officers began by serving high risk felony arrest warrants and indictments in the Kokomo community of Marion County.

“During these search warrants we arrested four individuals for possession of controlled substances; during these search warrants we seized a good amount of crack cocaine, marijuana, spice, which is synthetic marijuana, also some ecstasy,” said Narcotics Task Force Commander Brad McDermit. “At one location we seized six firearms, and approximately two thousand dollars in cash,” said McDermit.

The 50 plus alleged offenders the task force hopes to apprehend over the weekend are all linked to drug related felony charges from Marion County and the city of Columbia.

“Like everywhere else in the state and country drugs are a continuing problem, in Marion county, we try to serve as many warrants as we can, make as many cases as we can to keep it knocked back as much as possible, said McDermit.

According to officials, the task force attempts to do several drug sweeps a year just to keep the drug dealers on their toes in the county.

“For the past couple of years prescription drugs have been our biggest problem, but here recently we have seen a spike in spice which is a synthetic marijuana,” said McDermit.

Officials plan to continue their work until they have all the people on their list in custody.

“It’s important to keep a presence for drug enforcement in the county, otherwise the drugs will just take over,” said McDermit.

All of the suspects arrested over the weekend will have their initial appearance on Monday.