Approximately 20 suspects were arrested in Macon County after police carried out drug raids in the area earlier this month. Multiple law enforcement agencies from Jackson, Franklin and Macon counties -- and officers from federal and state agencies -- were involved in the operation titled "Thunderstruck." The raids were carried out in the early morning on Sept. 8.
Police used tips from local residents to assist undercover officers in purchasing opiates, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drugs in order to secure the arrest warrants. Police say that the response from local residents was tremendously helpful in making the arrests and ensuring the safety of the officers involved. Officials hope that the arrests will help to make local streets safer. At this time, police are still searching for five additional suspects.