Working with other local law enforcement agencies, the METRICH-MARMET Drug Task Force made six warrant arrests Friday morning and is searching for four others on outstanding warrants.
A METRICH-MARMET news release said five Marion residents were arrested on a warrant for trafficking in heroin: Leon Plummer, 36; Cedrick Riley, 31; Adam Furniss, 24; Dante Ford, 32; and Nathaniel Rice, 37. Marion resident David Saulsberry, 51, was arrested on a warrant for trafficking in drugs.
Maj. Jay McDonald said additional charges might be filed against Riley, who he said was arrested with 4.6 grams of crack cocaine and 1.4 grams of heroin.
McDonald said the six were not working as one unit. He said some of the investigations dated back to 2015.
In addition to METRICH-MARMET detectives, the Marion County Adult Probation Office, sheriff's office, city police department and prosecutor's office all were credited as taking part in the operation.
Four Marion residents are being sought on outstanding warrants as part of the operation, as well. Trafficking in heroin warrants were returned against Dwight Smith Jr., 22; Vernell Wilson, 28; and Victor Wilson, 30. James Jeffrey, 35, has a warrant for aggravated possession of drugs, as well.
"METRICH-MARMET has done a great job targeting drug traffickers and they will continue to pursue all drug dealers who are selling such dangerous poison in our community," Sheriff Tim Bailey said in the release. "They are able to pursue these investigations because of the help they receive from patrol officers and deputies and also from the community."
Originally published in the Marion Star on February 19, 2016.