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Dozens of suspected drug dealers arrested in raid

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DUNCAN, Okla. – A drug raid in southwest Oklahoma rounded up dozens of suspected drug dealers in the early morning hours, Friday.

Officials from Stephens, Caddo, Grady and Jefferson Counties teamed up with the Oklahoma Drug Taskforce and rounded up the suspected drug users and pushers, then tossed them in jail.

One by one, all of them in handcuffs, the suspects trekked in to be booked.  And it was early, before sunrise.

"A lot of them were still in their night clothes when we gave them the wake up call this morning," said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney.

Needless to say these guys were not happy about their arrests or the 7News cameras present, but Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks says these suspected drug dealers only have themselves to blame.

"These arrests aren't simple possession arrests, they are distribution arrests," said Hicks.

There was one surprise arrest in the bunch, Stephen Gandy, a Duncan bail bondsman.

"He was bonding out of jail the very people he was supplying the methamphetamine to," said Hicks.

And Hicks says that should come as no surprise to anyone.

"It runs the gamut from the top of the economic ladder all the way down to the bottom and we've arrested everybody," said Hicks.

Though they may come from different walks of life, officials say one thing today's arrestees have in common is the way they have been affected by drugs.

"I've seen people come through our jail that are on meth and it's a heartbreaking site to see what would have been a beautiful lady that's on meth, what it's done to her body and doing to her life," said McKinney.

"They'll fight with officers, they'll fight with others, they'll lose weight, they pretty much lose their mind," said Hicks.

Officials say they have no choice but to crack down on anyone caught using or selling drugs.

"As soon as we get these guys off the streets there will be more that take there place," said Hicks.

And they will be ready.

"We're going to catch up with them and we're going to find them," said Hicks.

"I have zero sympathy for them and zero tolerance for the drug problem we see not only in our county but the state of Oklahoma, it's a terrible epidemic right now," said McKinney.

Officials say this drug raid focused on the sale of methamphetamine, a drug that has had a resurgence in popularity in Oklahoma.  Authorities say most of today's arrests were made after the suspects were caught dealing drugs.

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