Many people are behind the bars in Posey County after the largest drug raid in the county’s history happened Friday.
The Posey County Drug Task Force has been working since last year with controlled drug buys to take down what officials say is the largest drug trafficking organization dealing with meth and marijuana in Posey County.
“Through the investigation, we obtained 29 arrest warrants and nine search warrants those were executed today, ” said Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham.
Seventeen agencies from Mount Vernon to Vincennes assisted with the raid.
“Seeing officers from the area come in to help with this raid was just a great sight to see,” said Prosecutor Thomas Clowers.
Operation “Guillotine” resulted in 24 of those people being arrested with another 12 associated with the people with warrants, totaling 36 arrests.
“So this would make it the largest drug raid in Posey County history,” said Sheriff Latham.
“I think Posey County law enforcement sent a clear message today that if you deal drugs in Posey County, you will be found and you will be prosecuted,” said Clowers.
Although county officials said this operation was a success, they noted their work isn’t done.
“Just simply putting them in jail doesn’t do anything positive for our society. So were going to work together in implementing plans and efforts of trying to decrease the continued use once they’re released,” said Sheriff Latham
That includes academic and spiritual programs to help develop skills and make former drug dealers marketable once they are released from jail.
“It’s not throwing away the key once we put these folks in jail it’s an addiction, and we as a society fail if we don’t offer them an opportunity to better themselves.”
Everyone arrested Friday will face drug charges.
The Posey County office said warrants remain outstanding for the remaining four suspects.