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50 People Arrested in Drug Bust

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

More than 50 people were arrested in a two-state drug round-up that has some officials wondering, where are all the men?

Obion County deputies were busy Tuesday morning helping Fulton, Kentucky police bring the unusually large amount of women to jail.

Authorities said in most cases in drug round-ups the suspects were men but on Tuesday, women broke the record.

Kids are always running around and playing in Lohoma Smith's yard, so to find out two of her neighbors were arrested on Tuesday made her very uneasy.

"It's going to make me watch more. To pay more attention to my surroundings of what everyone is doing and aren't doing, because there's too much going on and kids pay attention to everything," said Smith.

Among Smith's two neighbors, 51 others from Tennessee and Kentucky were arrested on drug related charges.

"They've been doing this for about a year now and everyone that came in today was on indictments, so it's been an ongoing investigation," said Captain Carrie Powell of the Fulton County, Kentucky Detention Center.

But what really shocked Powell was 30 of the 52 arrested on drug charges were not men.

"I think this is the first time we've had this many women. Yes, this is a big round-up of women," added Powell.

Authorities said more than 100 indictments were expected to be served during the day, but only half of those wanted were actually found. Still, Smith said getting any suspected drug dealers and users off the street is a good thing.

"I wouldn't want my child being around it and some of those people are charged with trafficking 1,000 feet from school. You've got children right there; they're trafficking around it and that's a dangerous situation, very dangerous for the children," said Powell.

The round-up will continue as officers arrest others with indictments.
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