Local authorities Wednesday morning were still in the process of rounding up 18 people wanted on charges related to months of undercover investigations into suspected drug activity.
Ten of the 18 wanted people had been taken into custody, mostly for delivery of controlled substance warrants, Hopkins County-Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco said shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“This roundup is the conclusion of approximately three months’ worth of investigation by SCU. We are in the process of trying to arrest 18 people on approximately 28 cases, and that includes multiple cases on some defendants,” Plaxco said.
The SCU officers began investigations into suspected narcotics activity in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County by acting on tips from confidential sources as well as information passed along from other city and county officers. The roundup was set into motion after they secured the warrants against the 18 individuals, who are said to be from both Sulphur Springs and other areas of Hopkins County.
“Most of the warrants are for delivery of controlled substances, for the sale or distribution of hydrocodone, marijuana and methamphetamine,” Plaxco said. “A lot of the defendants charged for hydrocodone are selling their own ‘scripts,’ prescriptions they have acquired.”
The SCU officers, along with investigators from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Sulphur Springs Police Department, divided up the list of wanted individuals. A couple of defendants were arrested Tuesday afternoon, but the bulk of arrests were made Wednesday morning. Officers continued into the day Wednesday searching for the remaining wanted people.
The SCU officers said if any of the 18 people on the list are not located and served with the warrants at the end of the day Wednesday, their information will be entered into the National Crime Information Center, thereby increasing the likelihood each wanted person will be arrested, according to Plaxco.
The NCIS system is a computerized database readily accessible by criminal justice agencies “making an inquiry and for prompt disclosure of information in the system from other criminal justice agencies about crimes and criminals,” according to the FBI website at: www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fbi/is/ncic.htm
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