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Drug sting nets 64
Six Ford dealership employees among those busted
The sheriff’s department began picking up the first of 64 people indicted on drug charges by the grand jury last week.The result of a three-month long investigation, the grand jury returned the indictments on Jan. 13, and the sheriff’s department made the first arrests last Wednesday.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, his department began the operation in September, and wrapped it up in mid-December.“On Monday January 13th, my drug detectives and I met with the DeKalb County Grand Jury for the purpose of seeking indictments on 63 drug dealers here in DeKalb County,” Ray said. “We presented a total of 112 controlled drug buys to the DeKalb County Grand Jury. There was also an additional drug indictment on another person for a methamphetamine lab, so the total number of drug defendants is 64.”The sheriff said that some of those indicted were caught selling drugs while working at local businesses.“There were three businesses on West Broad Street in Smithville where we were able to conduct controlled drug buys.