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Nearly two dozen arrested in Johnson County drug sweep

Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 18:08:36-04

FRANKLIN — More than two dozen people were arrested Thursday in connection with a drug sweep in Johnson County.

Dubbed "Operation Hocus Pocus," warrants were issued for 33 people and 22 had been arrested as of Thursday afternoon.

The majority of felony charges are for dealing methamphetamine, while there are also eight charges for dealing heroin, Johnson County Prosecutor Joe Villanueva said.

“Methamphetamine is still king here in Johnson County. All these cases, the individuals are charged with dealing in the substance,” Villanueva said. “This is all the hard stuff, and this is the stuff that really hurts the people in our community and we want to do all we can to get it off the street.”

Warrants were issued for 33 people, and 22 were arrested, during a drug sweep in Johnson County on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

The sweep began at 6 a.m. and involved multiple agencies, including the Johnson County and Marion County Sheriff's Offices, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Thursday's sweep came nearly a year after more than 100 people were charged in Johnson County for dealing methamphetamine and other drugs.