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Narcotics task force nabs 49 suspects

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington outlines suspects arrested by area law enforcement in drug bust this week.

Narcotics agents with the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force teamed with other law enforcement agencies this week to arrest 49 individuals wanted on mostly felony drug charges.

The arrests were made following an 11 month operation with local, state and federal agencies. However, Haughton Police Chief Rodney Farrington said their work is far from over.

“Haughton carries a big area,” Farrington said. “There were several [arrests] inside the city limits and [there will] probably be more to come. It’s a continuing effort between all of us and we’re going to continue the work until we get a better handle on it.”

Participating in the sting was the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force, which included agents from the Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Haughton Police Department and the Louisiana State Police.

Farrington praised the work of his department as well as the team effort it took to complete the operation. He called it a “serious issue” that they will continue to monitor and take action against.

“We have a lot of young kids [in the area], two schools directly inside the city limits with a third on the way,” Farrington said. “It’s an issue that we have to stay on top of and not let get out of control. It’s a full time job to do, but if you can save one child’s life or any human’s life by keeping them off drugs or making it a safer society, then yes it’s worth it.”

In August 2013, the task force rounded up 32 persons during Operation Summer Sweep to get drug dealers off the streets of Bossier and northwest Louisiana.

“[Wednesday’s] roundup of drug dealers and users was “Round 2” of our pledge to clean up the streets of Bossier Parish and to show our commitment to ridding our community of illegal drugs,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “…we will not tolerate those who want to infest our neighborhoods and children with drugs.”

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