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14 busted in Chiefland drug raid

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Busted!

This is probably among the words flying through the air as suspected drug buyers and sellers called each other on their cell phones shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

That's when a set of drug raids started. Officers netted 14 people who are suspected of having committed 38 felonies and four misdemeanors on March 22, according to records.

Members of the Chiefland Police Department, Levy County Sheriff's Office, State Attorney's Office and Ocala Police Department conducted the 10-hour mission. They worked together under the title of the Levy County-Chiefland Drug Task Force.

The first objective was to arrest drug dealers from previous narcotic investigations. Officers posing as drug dealers and selling drugs was the second objective, according to Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas and Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith.

Officers confiscated three vehicles, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia as part of their actions. During one arrest, a defendant had a 13-year-old child present in a vehicle when they bought crack cocaine, LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan said. This person was charged with child neglect, he added.


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