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Joint investigation nets many arrests

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety take prisoners inside DPS headquarters on Wednesday morning. Staff photo
SIKESTON -- The streets of Sikeston and surrounding communities had a little cleanup on Wednesday.

"Operation Clean Sweep" kicked off before dawn, with officers from various law enforcement agencies in the area setting out with indictments for some 60 individuals, concentrated in the Sikeston area but reaching as far north as Cape Girardeau and as far south as Blytheville, Ark.

Chief Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, noted this roundup is different than those DPS has done in the past.

"This roundup was part of an ongoing investigation into drug distribution in the southeast Missouri region and involved both federal and state agencies and resulted in the warrants issued Wednesday morning," he said, noting it was the result of an 18-month investigation. "It was a joint investigation between us, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

No city warrants were issued -- there were around 50 state and 17 federal indictments, said Juden.

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