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Drug Sweep in Vidalia
Friday, 30 October 2009

October 30--  Law enforcement officers in the Vidalia area wrapped up Red Ribbon Week in the city Friday by launching a drug sweep to pick up 33 suspects wanted in connection with alleged drug dealing.

Thursday morning, Sergeant Tony Phillips was at Sally Meadows Elementary School for the annual Red Ribbon Week parade by school kids.  Friday morning he and other Vidalia officers, sheriff's deputies and GBI agents fanned out to pick up dealers who prey on kids and others.  "We hope it'll deter crime and especially drug activity, slow it down and take some of these offenders off the streets," he said.

District Attorney Hayward Altman says the drug trade is destroying families.  "We see it constantly.  Kids are abandoned by their parents because they become drugs addicts.  It just destroys family units.  We need to make sure we continue to emphasize the importance of drug prevention as well as prosecution," he noted.

As of late Friday, over half of the alleged drug offenders had been picked up.  They are identified by police as Tamise Edmond of Jenkins Street, Rodney Barnes of Second Avenue, Sean Tompkins of Tommie Drive, Tracie Bell of Seventh Street, Christopher Johnson of Cadillac Drive, Yolanda Hayes of Easter Drive, Dytanne Demery of Randolph Drive, James Powell of Lydia Street, Deremmus Williams of Second Street, Marcus Davis of Seventh Street, Leroy Roundtree of Washington Street, Jaron Phillips of Jerriel Street, Jamie Reynolds of Loop Road, Simpson Sanders of Winona Street, Avilio Martinez of College Street, Lonnie Ray Jackson Jr. of Seventh Street, James Brooker of Sawmill Road and Gregory Howard of Ailey.

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