Eight people were arrested Thursday night in round two of a drug bust, which has jailed 25 alleged drug traffickers.
Several people were arrested in the Horse Creek community, and three people were picked up outside of Sibert’s Market, an area the Clay County Sheriff’s Department says they receive complaints about weekly.
Sheriff Kevin Johnson says he hopes to send a message to people dealing drugs in Clay County.
“If you are not going to stop dealing dope, you better find another county to move to, because we are not letting up.”
Operation Avalanche is the result of several months of undercover investigation, says Sheriff Kevin Johnson, who says his department arrested everyone they sought Thursday night.
“People who are dealing drugs in this community might as well just turn themselves in, because we’re coming for them anyway,” says Johnson.
Johnson says his department is playing hardball with repeat offenders in Clay County, by beginning the process of property forfeitures, which includes cars and four wheelers, as an attempt to deter repeat offenders from dealing.
“It’s only just begun, and we’re not going to stop until the drug dealers stop, are behind bars, or leave,” says Chief Deputy Brian Jackson.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department with help from the Manchester City Police Department arrested Elmer Smith, 38, of Beech Creek, for trafficking a controlled substance;
Timothy Robbins, 43, of Paw Paw, for trafficking a controlled substance first offense;
Ray Wagers, 31, of Manchester, trafficking a controlled substance;
Michelle Jordan, 34, of Beech Creek, for trafficking a controlled substance;
Jennifer Deaton, 32, of Paw Paw, for trafficking a controlled substance;
Roger Jarvis, 29, of Manchester, for trafficking a controlled substance;
and Charlie Benge, 33, of Manchester, for trafficking a controlled substance.
Fabian Wilson, 50, of Paw Paw, was also charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine.
All of the individuals picked up Thursday were still being held at the Clay County Detention Center as of press time Tuesday.
Smith, Jordan, Deaton, Jarvis, and Benge were being held on $10,000 cash bonds.
Robbins and Wagers are being held on $25,000 cash bonds.
All eight have plead not guilty.
Sheriff Johnson confirms dozen more arrest indictments will result from Operation Avalanche investigations and round up.
“Obviously people are calling in, and every tip we receive is being followed up on. People are stepping up to the plate and saying they’ve had it with drug dealing in Clay County, and we both appreciate and admire that, because we need their help to continue seeking out these individuals who dealing drugs,” says Chief Deputy Jackson.
“If you are not going to stop dealing dope, you better find another county to move to, because we’re not letting up.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:09