Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cops' Blue Lightning Zaps Drug Traffic; the Joint Law Enforcement Operation Netted Cash, Various Drugs and Several Arrests

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cops' Blue Lightning Zaps Drug Traffic; the Joint Law Enforcement Operation Netted Cash, Various Drugs and Several Arrests

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

Blue Lightning struck more than a few motorists on Interstate 95 in Camden County this week.

But it wasn't an atmospheric anomaly. It was county, city and state law enforcement officers intercepting illegal drug traffic traveling the interstate.

At least $304,000 in cash, 80 pounds of marijuana, 15 grams of cocaine and an assortment of pills including Xanax and Ecstasy had been seized by nightfall Thursday in Operation Blue Lightning, said Lt. William Terrell, spokesman for the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Also seized was a 2000 tractor-trailer truck, where deputies reported finding 60 pounds of marijuana hidden behind boxes inside the trailer.

Several people also were arrested on a variety of charges. Authorities planned to release their names, and a final list of the drugs, money and other items seized at 10 a.m. today during a news conference at the Sheriff's Office in Woodbine.

Begun Monday morning, the joint operation was scheduled to conclude Thursday night. It was conducted by sheriff's deputies from Camden, Lowndes and Dooly counties, Kingsland police officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers.

Thursday's announcement solved a puzzle for residents who wondered why out-of-county sheriff's deputies were stopping cars along I-95. …

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