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Sting lands 24 in jail

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON - Back many moons ago, there was a cartoon series called "Superfriends" where crimefighters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman joined hands to battle evil.

In a similar vein, the Levy County Sheriff's Department along with the Chiefland Police Department, the Dixie County Sheriff's Department and state and federal agencies joined forces to crack down on a major cocaine infestation.

Details of the law enforcement effort were revealed at a press conference on Friday, April 18, at the Levy Sheriff's headquarters in Bronson

In all, 76 arrests were made - most of them in the Chiefland and Cross City areas. Seven face federal charges and 69 state charges.

Confiscated in the sting that took more than a year to execute were a total of 5 kilograms of powder cocaine and 50 kilograms of crack.

Vehicles and guns were also impounded.

"It's the biggest operation I've seen in Levy County in a long, long time," said Levy Sheriff Johnny Smith.

"The communities will be safer," added Levy Public Information Officer, Lt. Evan Sullivan.


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