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18 arrested, $40,000 seized in roundup

From staff reports

PONTOTOC – After a six-month investigation, lawmen have arrested 18 suspected drug dealers and seized approximately $40,000 in cash in a roundup Thursday.

“At one house, we had a guy with two different residences, we got approximately $7,000,” said Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask. “At the other home we got $28,000 (in) cash.”

Charges in the roundup include sale of crack cocaine, marijuana and pills, as well as conspiracy charges, Mask said. Suspected dealers were arrested throughout the city and county.

“About nine or 10 agencies assisted,” said Mask. “It started about 5 a.m. today.”

The roundup comes at the end of a six-month investigation, said Mask. All suspects are residents of Pontotoc County, he said, and bonds range from $20,000 to $80,000.

“We seized some drugs, but not a lot,” said Mask. “We seized some vehicles, 4-wheelers, wave runners.”

Assisting agencies include the sheriff’s department, Pontotoc Police Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals, Mississippi National Guard, Tupelo Police K-9 Unit and North Mississippi Narcotics Unit.

-Sandi Pullen

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