Houston County Drug Round Up

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

One after another, authorities are literally taking drug dealing suspects off the streets.

There are 23 suspects on the list for this round, all of which they're hoping to have arrested by Wednesday night.

It’s part of an investigation that began in March and was prompted by a number of reports of drug activity.

One Dothan resident says, "People are getting shot because people are stealing other people's drugs, ya know, stuff like that."

Since then, there have been three undercover officers working full-time, trying to catch dealers in the process.

Chief Deputy Don Valenza with the Houston County Sheriff's Office says, "We'd go into the areas where we had reports, which was the Pansey, Ashford, Kinsey and Dothan areas. We worked those areas at street-level: try to actually make the actual purchase from the dealers."

The undercover purchases were made with seizure money from previous arrests.

And, because of this, there are 34 cases that have been made on 23 people for dealing cocaine, marijuana and meth.

One person will even be charged with trafficking cocaine.

Henry/Houston County District Attorney, Doug Valeska says, "It's been a long time. A long, long time before we've had a drug round up where we're talking about street dealers, where it's a concentrated effort to get them off the street."

Since authorities say a lost of the area's crime increase is drug-related, the district attorney plans to send those caught to prison.

He is pushing for no probation and no pre-trial deferment.

Bonds on each person arrested will begin at $10,000 dollars.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office has done this with the help of the Kinsey Police Department, ABC Board, ABI, the Henry/Houston County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Several have been arrested so far and the round up is continuing.

We’ll have an update on this Wednesday night on News at 10.

In the meantime, anyone with more information can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 793-7000.


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