Narcots detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 suspects during a 16-month undercover opertaion, and issued arrest warrants for 3 others, related to the trafficking, sale and possession of illegal drugs. The 32 suspects face a total of 301 felonies and 134 misdemeanors. Altogether, the suspects have 645 previous charges against them, including 314 prior felonies.
One of the suspects, 34-year-old James McClain, reportedly sold methamphetamine that was dyed blue, which he told an undercover officer was “in recognition of the Democratic Party.”
The sheriff said investigators seized $88,000 in cash, $89,000 worth of jewelry, and $283,000 worth of narcotics in the bust. He said several of those arrested were rappers and “marketed themselves because they look cool in the community.”
“Can y’all make a rap about this?” Judd asked as he donned a large gold chain, one of the pieces of jewelry seized in the investigation. “‘We got ya gold, we put ya tail in the county jail.’ You can call it the ‘Bell Gang Blues’ rap song.”
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