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Round-up nets 15 arrests in Adams and Franklin Counties

ADAMS, County (WJTV) -

Adams County deputies and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents ran an early morning round-up netting a dozen drug-related arrests.

Sheriff Travis Patten says his deputies focused on hotels and streets in what as known as "the triangle" in Natchez, where drug activity is rampant.

Patten says the operation is an intense effort to clean up the area.

"We made a concentrated effort to make undercover buys from some of the dealers operating in these areas. It creates a bad image and a danger to the public when people just want to get something to eat, go into a store, get gas, get their hair cut, or try to get a hotel room after a long days work but instead have to witness drug dealers and drug users trying to take over an area.

Deputies were able to locate and arrest 12 of the 16 people that they were looking for. Deputies were not able to locate and are still actively looking for four others.

 

In addition, Deputies also assisted MBN on prescription forgery and sale of prescription medication cases that stretched into Franklin County. Aronica Dukes, Timothy Dukes, and Lazienda Truner were arrested for various prescription forgery charges and transported to the Franklin County Jail.

Sheriff Patten says it's just the beginning, "I just want people to know that we are actively trying to take action on every level, from the dealer on the corner to the distributor bringing drugs in from a source area. We have been working with multiple agencies and believe that more arrests will come soon."


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