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Thirty-four indicted in Lee County drug roundup

Lee County deputies arrest a man during a drug roundup Thursday morning. (WCYB/Caleb Perhne)

Nearly three dozen people are facing drug charges after Lee County deputies served warrants to slow down the county's meth problem.

"Occasionally, there might be a rare one that we've not dealt with, but most of the time when doing these, they're repeat offenders,” Deputy Chris Dillman said.

The work started early. Officers team up at 7 a.m. and try to serve as many warrants as they can as quickly as possible.

"That way we can try to get as many as we can before word gets out that it's roundup day,” Dillman said.

Just two hours after the roundup begins, it became harder to make arrests. People stopped answering the door, because they knew deputies were coming. That’s why the sheriff's office works to serve drug indictments in mass.

"It seems like it has an effect on people selling the drugs because they wonder who's told on who and makes them question what's going on and what's coming next,” Sheriff Gary Parsons said.

Thirty-five people are now charged with more than 50 counts of drug and weapons-related offenses. Most of the charges are related to methamphetamine. Authorities said it slows down drug activity, but not for long.

"I'm not naïve,” Parsons said. “It's just a drop in the bucket. There's a huge amount of meth out there on the streets."

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