Big Bust in Beloit

More than 350 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers led one of the largest drug busts in Beloit's history today.

The chief there is calling it an "awesome" operation.

Those 350 officers swung into action at 20 different locations at exactly 6 A.M.

Officials say they were able to arrest 17 men in the Beloit area, charging them with possessing or distributing crack/cocaine and/or heroin.

Chief Sam Lathrop says today's busts are a big step toward making Beloit a safer place for its residents.

"I could only imagine that on some mornings, drug dealers in the Beloit area, must say to themselves, this is a good place to be a drug dealer. But today was not such a day," Lathrop said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Lathrop says it won't be getting any easier for drug dealers.
He says today's arrests are part of an ongoing investigation, and they will be going after other drug dealers.

As far as the men arrested, they are all facing charges that, if convicted, have sentences ranging from 5 to 40 years in prison.

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