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Feds arrest 33, seize 85 pounds of meth and other drugs

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Logo of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America pictured at the embassy of the USA in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 3:27 PM CDT
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NESHOBA CO., Miss. (WLBT) - A multi-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security leads to 33 arrests and a host of drugs and firearms off the streets in the Neshoba County area.

Operation High Life is the result of what’s called the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

“This operation protects our children and those in our communities from dangerous, destructive, and deadly drugs and from the violence that comes with these criminal enterprises,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch.

OCDETF brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

“This investigation is about more than disrupting the flow of drugs being trafficked into and around our communities; it’s also about removing violent criminal elements that often accompany transnational criminal activities,” said HSI New Orleans acting Special Agent in Charge Jack Staton.

Prior to this arrest, the department said the investigation resulted in 38 state and federal convictions and the seizure of 85 pounds of methamphetamine, 5 kilograms of cocaine, 270 pounds of marijuana, 300 dosage units of fentanyl, and 16 firearms. The most recent conviction occurred Wednesday, with the sentencing of Landon Marquale Dupree, 35, of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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