LOUISVILLE, Ga. --Fifteen men were arrested and charged with drug offenses as a result of an undercover operation that began last September.
Officers from the Vidalia Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Wrens Police Department and Wadley Police Department assisted Louisville Police Department.
Officers split into three teams to cover the city and make the arrests. Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman was also on hand to lend support and make sure everything ran smoothly.
“The district attorney played an instrumental role,” said Lt. Teddy Jackson, an investigator with the Louisville Police Department. Jackson said officers from the drug unit with Vidalia’s police department did the undercover work.
“They ran 22 marijuana buys and eight cocaine buys,” Jackson said, adding a total of 50 warrants were taken.
Louisville Police Chief Jimmy Miller said every offense is on a separate warrant.
“It was a very smooth operation,” Miller said. “Smooth, coordinated and successful event. They put in a lot of hours in order to make this successful.”
Miller said the event would not have taken place without the help of the Vidalia Police Department.
“Without their assistance this operation would not have occurred at the level that it did. There’s no way it would have happened,” he said. “They utilized equipment that we did not have.”
Miller said he wanted to thank Vidalia’s police chief, Frank Waits, and the drug task force unit.
Officers arrested Rajante McGruder, Robert Curry, Jake Williams III, Sanford Hall, Jack Joiner, Quatravious Floyd, Gary Hall, Sykendrick Jackson, Kuwame Burton, Demetrius Floyd, Trevin Flournoy, Damien Heath, Jeffery Walker and Bryant James.
Willie Price Jr. was already incarcerated on another matter, Miller said.