A 10-month local, state and federal investigation resulted in drug arrest warrants for 58 people, Glynn County officials announced Wednesday.
Glynn County Police Chief John Powell said the arrests were "a great day for Glynn County" but added that 27 of the 58 suspects were still at large.
Powell implored the 27 suspects to turn themselves in.
"If you have a warrant, we solicit that you turn yourself in," Powell said. "You will be picked up. The individuals are put on notice that they are all wanted. We are going to locate them and put them in jail."
The undercover operation was dubbed "Operation Deja Vu" and lasted from Jan. 2018 to Oct. 2018. Investigators seized meth, heroin, marijuana, THC, MDMA and cocaine."
Here’s a look at just a portion of the items Glynn Co. PD seized just today during #OperationDejaVu @ActionNewsJax —right now officers & investigators are still processing a lot more of the things that we’re discovered during arrests. pic.twitter.com/lFmRuVbXpq— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) November 7, 2018
They also took possession of six cars, 39 weapons and $41,000 in cash.
Many of the arrests occurred in a pre-dawn raid on Nov. 7, authorities said. Some of the arrest warrants involved suspects that were already in police custody.
The raids are dangerous, Powell said, because of the nature of the offenses and the isolated location of some of the arrests.
'It's inherently dangerous and they are trying to protect their trade and the cash they make," Powell said. "This takes a lot of the bad guys off the street."
"I worry about the safety of not only me, but everyone else,” Patricia Beaver told Action News Jax reporter Courtney Cole.
She said she’s been living in Glynn County for the last 16 years.
Glynn County P.D. hopes Operation Deja Vu helps neighbors like Beaver, sleep a little easier tonight.
Beaver said she has concerns about the crime.
"It's just too much crime and by them doing this, it should make our community better,” said Beaver.
“It's not just about drugs. The arrests made today reach a lot further. The guns taken off the streets stop drive by shootings. The criminals taken off the streets, the users, it helps us stop the burglaries and entering autos,” said Chief Kevin Jones of the Brunswick Police Department.
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