Dozens Arrested During Warrant Sweep Targeting Drug Crimes

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jackson County, W.Va. got a big win in the war against drugs.

Members of the newly formed Jackson County Drug Taskforce took the streets early Thursday morning hoping to make 50 arrests during the warrant sweep.

Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs tells the arrests come after months of investigating the drug trade in the county.

"You can do it in Jackson County, but we're going to continue to get you," Sheriff Tony Boggs said.

As of 6:30 a.m., 17 people were arrested on a variety of drug charges.

By 9 a.m., 45 people had been taken into custody. Many of those arrested arrived at the courthouse barefoot and wearing only a pair of shorts.

"We're never going to get all of them, but, but, the one's we get is really helping out with the community, and I think the community is very, very supportive of what of, of what law." Chief R. L. Fridley, Ripley Police Department, said.

West Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals, Ripley and Ravenswood police departments and the sheriff's department helped with the sweep on Thursday.

"When you have 30 or 40 officers around the county, on a daily basis, you don't speak to those officers. But, having someone from each agency involved, together on a daily basis, there's all kinds of information that is exchanged that might otherwise be missed," Sheriff Boggs said

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