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Operation "Frostbite" nets 40 suspects tied to drug crimes

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OUACHITA COUNTY (KATV)--Operation "Frostbite" identifies 40 suspects connected to drug crime in and around Ouachita County. Several police agencies including the Camden Police Department are working on this operation.

The operation began in late 2011 and has been on-going. The primary focus concentrates on alleged mid and low level dealers of illicit drugs, but also prescription drugs.

Starting at 7 this morning, investigators began executing arrest and search warrants, searching for 40 suspects tied to dealing illicit drugs such as cocaine, meth and marijuana.

"Previously they were involved in undercover drug buys, these are low to mid level dealers," said 13th Judicial Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, David Butler.

Operation "Frostbite" also targeted individuals selling controlled prescription drugs such as methadone, xanax and hydrocodone.

"When you do a drug round-up what we find it's like a bunch of fire ants, we catch a bunch of them," added Butler.

Most of these suspects are involved in the delivery of controlled substances with several for possession and purpose to deliver, fraudulent practices to obtain a controlled substance and possession. Charges will include use of another person's property and the use of a communication device to facilitate a drug crime.

"As long as we have drug users, we are going to have drug dealers so what happens is you put these guys out of business, but law enforcement will not be able to simply ignore it because they'll be back," said Butler.

Of course all the suspects we showed in this story are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Although police said, that many of these suspects have criminal histories and many are currently on active parole or probation.