HUNTSVILLE — More than 40 people were targeted by Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputies last week as part of a round-up of drug offenders who were wanted for either selling narcotics or violating terms of their probation.
Termed Operation Clean Sweep 2.0, the round-up involved a large number of deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, along with Winfield chief of police Steve Trammell.
According to SCSD drug agent Kris Lewallen, a total of 14 people were arrested as the team of law enforcement officers swept Scott County early Thursday morning, while some 29 others remain at large.
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[s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]Lewallen said the round-up targeted offenders who had allegedly sold narcotics to confidential informants working for the Sheriff’s Department’s drug unit, or offenders who were wanted for allegedly violating terms of their probation. The probation violations ranged from sale of narcotics to possession of meth and other drugs.
“The targets in this investigation were identified as problems for various neighborhoods within Scott County by citizen drug complaints,” Lewallen said.
Sheriff Ronnie Phillips said the round-up was the fruition of months of work by his drug agents.
“Targeting drug dealers has always been a top priority for my office,” Phillips said. “My office will continue to make investigating those who sell illegal drugs a priority.
“Those who are in the business of drug-dealing need to know we will use all available resources to investigate and arrest them to make our streets safer and keep drugs out of the hands of our children,” Phillips added.
Among those who were arrested Thursday:
• Tammy Sexton, 41, for sale of Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance.
• Tara Huckeby, 42, for sale of Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance.
• Mary Quackenbush, 26, for sale of Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance.
• Roger Bowling, 58, for sale of Percocet, a Schedule II controlled substance.
• Michael Goodman, 47, for sale of meth, a Schedule II controlled substance.
• Faye Garrett, 49, for sale of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
• Jody Martin, 41, for sale of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
• Winfield Harness, 46, for sale of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
• Barchal Russ, 53, for sale of Percocet, a Schedule II controlled substance.
• Lonna Cross, 56, for sale of Percocet, a Schedule II controlled substance.
• Dustin Griffith, 34, for sale of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
• Tesia Wilson, 29, for sale of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
• Jerry Foster, 32, violation of probation for manufacturing methamphetamine.
• Avery Smith, 50, violation of probation for possession of methamphetamine.
The Sheriff’s Department did not release the names of the 29 suspects still being sought.[/s2If]