A 17-month undercover narcotics investigation in Talbot County culminated Thursday with the arrest of 13 street-level drug dealers, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Rodney Wall.
In January 2007, the GBI State Drug Task Force and the GBI Field Two Office began purchasing drugs from suspected dealers in the county. The undercover agents purchased everything from marijuana to cocaine to ecstacy in varying quantities. The extensive operation yielded enough evidence for a judge to issue arrest 17 warrants. Thirteen of those warrants were executed Thursday, beginning at 6 a.m., Wall said.
Charges range from the sale of marijuana to the sale of cocaine. Approximately $20,000 in state money was used to fund the operation. It was a joint venture that utilized law enforcement officials with the Talbot County Sheriff's Office, the Talbotton Police Department, the GBI Region Two Field Office, the GBI State Drug Task Force, the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshal's Service.