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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Federal and local authorities in Floyd County, Ind. issued 35 warrants and arrested 23 people in connection with drug and firearms offenses on Thursday.
That's after a joint investigation involving agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and a task force from local law enforcement.
It's called "Operation Around the Horn." The suspects were arrested in Floyd, Clark, and Harrison counties in southern Indiana, as well as in Louisville.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said, "We take these charges with guns and drugs extremely serious."
The drug charges include meth, heroin, oxycodone, and other substances. In addition to drugs, court records revealed several synthetic drugs, pistols, and revolvers were found.
Stuart Lowrey, ATF Special Agent In Charge, said the suspects included, "A lot of targets of common interest, and I think we agree there will be a significant impact and a reduction of violent crime as a result."
Henderson added, "I think anytime you can take drugs or a dealer off the street even though it's hard to quantify it makes a difference....We continue to send the message that if you make that choice then this is the consequence."
Several suspects face federal charges and were taken to the Floyd County Jail.
Prosecutors say six of the 23 arrested today are repeat felony offenders.