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19 indicted after major drug bust in Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Law enforcement say they've made a major dent in the local drug trade in Williamson County.

On Friday, a grand jury handed down 19 indictments for individuals who they claim did a lot of business are schools and churches.

Already, eight of those individuals are in custody. Officials are searching for the remaining 11.

At a press conference on Monday, Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zonatti said some of these individuals were working together and near places you'll find kids.

Zonatti won't release the names of anyone in custody until all 19 are arrested and charged.

The degrees of felony charges range from a Class 4 felony to a Class X felony involving drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine , cannabis and prescription drugs.

For local law enforcement, they say the year-long investigation will lead to more drug arrests in the county.

“I think it is great for the different agencies to work together," said Marion Police Chief Dawn Tondini. "I think when we start arresting these people and their names are in the paper, the other drug dealers, it shows that we are paying attention.”

The Southern Illinois Enforcement Group along with the Marion and Herrin Police Department helped with the investigation.

The names as well as what was recovered should be announced very soon according to Zonnatti.

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