DARIEN, Ga. (WTOC) – A months-long drug investigation is coming to a head in McIntosh County.
The investigation was dubbed Operation Mc-In-Clean.
It started in July of last year and the McIntosh County Sheriff says they are still looking to arrest eight people.
The sheriff’s office said it used intelligence gathering to charge dozens of people with drug possession and trafficking, among other crimes.
“As a result, 59 individuals have been identified and 272 arrest warrants issued have been executed,” McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup said.
Last Monday, the McIntosh Sheriff’s Office says they were part of a so-called multi-agency “gathering” of those involved.
“During this time, several search warrants were executed which led to the discovery of several firearms and various narcotics,” Sheriff Jessup said.
These narcotics range from marijuana to methamphetamine and fentanyl, among others, as Sheriff Steve Jessup said the operation was a big undertaking.
“I think this is our fifth or sixth roundup, maybe the seventh since I’ve been sheriff and it’s by far the biggest we’ve done. Since I’ve been sheriff, I don’t know of any other roundup more important in South Georgia,” Sheriff Jessup said.
The Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office is now assisting with prosecutions, saying in part:
The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work with the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office to prosecute these drug offenses and bring to justice those charged with such crimes. The citizens of McIntosh County, the Atlantic Circuit Court, and the State of Georgia deserve a safe, drug-free environment in which to live, work, and raise their children, and we will continue to work toward that goal through diligent efforts. to prosecute these people in a court of law.
McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office officials say the operation is part of a larger crackdown on fentanyl and opioid use in the county.
The bureau says there have been 42 reported overdoses since the investigation began.
“We will continue to diligently identify those who distribute illicit narcotics in McIntosh County to provide a safer environment for citizens and visitors to this community,” Sheriff Jessup said.
Many defendants hail from the Darien and Townsend areas.
The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office warns that if an overdose is linked to someone responsible for distributing illegal drugs, the sheriff’s office is prepared to lay murder charges.
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