JACKSON, Miss. — An 18-month joint drug investigation has resulted in the arrests of 48 people including a former Lawrence County jailer.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy says the suspects were picked up Thursday and Friday in raids in five southwest Mississippi counties.

Dowdy said in a news release Friday that among the drugs agents encountered during the investigation were 423 dosages of hydrocodone, 107 dosages of oxycodone, 135 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of crack cocaine and eight grams of cocaine powder.

He says arrest warrants were served on suspects in Lawrence, Lincoln, Walthall, Jefferson Davis, Pike and Copiah counties, though most face charges for selling drugs in Lawrence County.

All of the suspects were transported to the Lawrence County Jail, where they’re being held pending initial court appearances.

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