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Multi-agency local drug bust captures more than 40 people

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ELLIS COUNTY - Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies worked together on Wednesday, Jan. 17 to remove methamphetam-ines from Ellis County streets following a nine-month underco-ver investigation.

Starting at 4:30 a.m. agents armed with 46 warrants arrested five drug traffickers on federal charges and 32 other people were arrested on state drug trafficking charges.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Terri Wyatt said nine more suspec-ts would be arres-ted within two weeks.

The additional suspects' names could not be released until they were arraigned because the names were sealed in federal indictments.

Ellis County Deputy Sheriff Charles Sullins said while not all those arrested were from Ellis County, the drug activity occurred in Ellis County.

Ray Stewart, sheriff of Ellis County, requested the help from DEA's mobile enforcement team in April 2006 to work with the county's narcotics unit to solve the methamphetamine problem within the Ellis County.

During the bust, more than eight pounds of methamphetamines with a value estimated at $425, 000; 115 grams of crack cocaine, 86 grams of ecstasy and 17 firearms were seized during the raid.

'Federal and local law enfor-cement have co-me together in an unprecedented way to strategically attack meth problems in Ellis County,' said Richard Roper, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

'(The) enforcement action effectively shut down a dangerous drug trafficking organization - showing once again that law enforcement will not rest until our communities are safe and drug free.'

Agents from the DEA, Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Waxahachie Police Department, Red Oak Police Department, Ennis Police Department, Ellis County District Attorney's Office, Dallas County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshall's service and Texas Department of Public Safety participated in the raids.

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