SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A doctor, four soldiers, and a deacon are just a few of the many people arrested in connection with a drug investigation conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
The operation, known as "Operation Smackdown," netted 36 people in total.
The operation itself focused on six different types of drugs, with heroin and a drug known as Fentanyl being of particular interest.
"Fentanyl is being marketed as a fake heroin-type of drug," Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in a statement. "It is extremely dangerous and has resulted in numerous deaths across the country. We certainly don't want it in Sumter County. We must be proactive in our fight against this and all drugs."
On top of various drug charges, deputies brought prostitution and weapons charges to several arrested in this case.
Sheriff Dennis says the men were caught by using an online prostitution website called BackPage.com
"We will not tolerate that kind of illegal activity here in Sumter County," Dennis said. "The prostitution sting we certainly affiliate that with a type of organize crime and even human trafficking. Again, Sumter County is not a place for that illegal activity."
This is an ongoing investigation and deputies are looking to make more than 50 more arrests.