Bust nabs 17 drug traffickers

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(Posted July 3, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A 10-month long investigation resulted in the arrest of 17 people from London and surrounding areas suspected of drug trafficking offenses.

On June 21, the Columbus Police SWAT team executed a search warrant at 150 W. Center St., London, where four suspects were arrested without incident. A small amount of money and drug paraphernalia were seized at the location. Another 10 suspects were arrested at various other locations that day. Three more suspects were arrested in the following days.

The Madison County Major Crimes Unit, London Police, and Madison County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation which involved covert buys of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Investigators identified 21 individuals suspected of drug trafficking offenses. As of June 25, they were still looking for four of those suspects.

Authorities are not releasing the identities of the four suspects who remain at large until indictments are served.

About the bust, London Police Chief Glenn Nicol said, “It’s one problem area that’s resolved for now. We’re continuing on and looking to the future as far as taking enforcement action.”

The last bust conducted by the three agencies took place in late February and resulted in the arrest of three drug traffickers on South Oak Street in London.

Nicol and Sheriff Jim Sabin encourage the public to report any information or tips regarding illegal drug activity in the county. The public can submit information anonymously at www.madisonsheriff.org/ (look for the “Submit a Tip” link on the right side of the home page) or through the London Police Department’s MyPD app (for details, go to http://ci.london.oh.us/police).

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