Operation Jingle Jail - KLFY News 10

December 18, 2006

Operation Jingle Jail

Key members of two known groups of drug dealers were arrested Monday morning.

That's according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

Undercover deputies have been planning this bust for months.

It started before sunrise.

And when it was over, Iberia Parish deputies say they nabbed half of the parish's most wanted drug dealers.

Chief David Landry with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Monday morning was definitely very important to the citizens of Iberia Parish.

The bust was labeled, "Operation Jingle Jail."

When some people around New Iberia, Jeanerette and Loureauville opened their doors early Monday morning, instead of Santa, they saw the sheriff.

Every subject arrested was arrested for distribution, which carries a minimum five-year sentence.

Some of the individuals are facing multiple distribution counts where they're facing 20-25 years in prison.

The sheriff's department made about two dozen arrests in just under two hours, but the operation took a lot longer.

Chief Landry says they've been working this particular operation for approximately six months.

In that six months, undercover agents tracked the two groups most responsible for putting drugs on Iberia Parish streets, the 1100 Group and the 900 Group.

Deputies say this sweep took out those people who provide cocaine to the street dealers.

Chief Landry says the drug dealers need to be aware deputies are taking drug dealing in Iberia Parish very seriously and are not going to tolerate it.

"Operation Jingle Jail" was purposely planned to hit the week before Christmas.

It's phase two of a series of busts that began in September.

Jeremy Campbell, TV 10 Eyewitness News

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