- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - Nearly two-dozen people have been arrested in a felony drug warrant roundup in Jasper that was moved up because of a rash of heroin overdoses in Walker County.

Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe tells local media that officers carried out the operation Monday to arrest more than 30 people with felony drug warrants. The warrants stemmed from several months of undercover operations.

Of those sought, 21 people were arrested.

Police decided to move up the time frame of the roundup following a wave of drug overdoses. Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair and Jasper police Lt. David Mize say that on Dec. 9, 18 overdoses were reported across the county, which led to one death.

Mize says most of Monday’s arrests dealt with heroin and methamphetamine.

The investigation into the spate of overdoses is ongoing.

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