Operation N.A.S.T.I.: Police in Harrison Co. arrest 27 in drug roundup


by WHAS11


Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 8:17 PM

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It's the largest roundup ever of suspected drug dealers in Harrison County, Ind.

The arrests all took place before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

More than three dozen officers joined forces with surrounding counties to track down 33 people suspected of dealing meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Deputies took 27 into custody within the first two hours of what was called “Operation N.A.S.T.I.” The operation began almost a year ago, using undercover officers and surveillance video.

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Chief Deputy Wayne Kessinger says this roundup will not only eliminate drugs on the street, but also in the areas of major crimes.

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"When you do an individual, it doesn't have a big impact. What we're trying to do is send a message to people of Harrison County that, our biggest problem is robberies, thefts and burglaries and all of that is a result of a drug problem," Kessinger said.

Police hope to have all 33 suspects in custody by the end of the week.

This is the second year for Operation N.A.S.T.I., also known as Narcotics Apprehension Suppression Through Intervention.