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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- More than a dozen alleged drug dealers are behind bars after a major drug round-up in Clarksville.
Police say the arrests represent a new emphasis on fighting the drug trade in Clarksville.
The busts began at around 5:00 Tuesday morning. Thirty officers from Clarksville and Jeffersonville, along with U.S. Marshals fanned out across southern Indiana armed with arrest warrants.
The result - 15 suspects now behind bars facing felony charges of drug trafficking, and four more arrests are on the way.
Clarksville police say this the first time they have done such a mass roundup.
"We know we are not going to shut down the drug trade, but hope to make a dent in that trade here in this in this area," said Maj. Darrell Rayborn.
Police say they also confiscated a small amount of guns, cash and drugs, including marijuana, meth, cocaine and prescription pills.
The bust is in part the result of the Clarksville Police Department's formation of a new narcotics unit.
"In the past our narcotics officers would work criminal cases also, other than drugs. They would be assigned burglary cases, theft cases, and they would work those. Here in the last two months we have now started a full-time narcotics division," said Rayborn.
Police say these busts were made without incident, and will help spread the message on the street.
"This roundup, I hope, will get it out there that we're taking this seriously, and we're going to work hard at it," said Rayborn.
Clarksville police say they expect the unit to also impact other crimes such as burglary and theft that result from the drug trade.