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28 arrested in Huntington drug sweep

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 10:22 am

A crackdown of alleged drug users and abusers in Huntington County early Thursday led to the arrest of 28 suspects on 68 preliminary charges.

Beginning at 6 a.m., officers with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and Huntington Police Department concluded the yearlong “Operation Huntington Cocktail Party” investigation with a county sweep and search for 31 suspects wanted on 73 charges, according to Sgt. Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police. Each team of officers had arrest warrants.

Charges ranged from Class A misdemeanors to Class A felonies, from dealing marijuana to dealing prescription drugs. Each suspect, ranging in age from 19 to 55, was taken to the Huntington County Jail.

Huntington Police Chief S. Tom Emely said the crackdown was in response to recent deaths in his city from prescription drug overdoses, an issue he saw as demanding action.

“Youth and young adults are self-medicating themselves with deadly mixtures of prescription drugs and alcohol,” said Emely. “The drug trade is like the spokes of a wheel, with the hub of that wheel being the drug trade, and the spokes being the crimes that are committed to support that trade.”

Police are still looking for three suspects not apprehended in the sweep, Galaviz said.