The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office ended a six-month undercover drug bust Thursday morning that resulted in the arrest of about two dozen suspected dealers.

The undercover bust, dubbed Operation Street Sweeper, came to a halt at noon on Thursday as more than 20 officers went door-to-door to serve warrants to suspected drug dealers throughout the county who had allegedly sold narcotics to undercover officers in the past six months.

The arrests started before dawn and netted 25 suspects. Most of the arrests were made between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. 

Police said that all the arrests went smoothly, but a SWAT unit and helicopter was placed on standby as a precaution.

Nearly half of those arrested were from Wildwood. At around 1 p.m. Thursday, Wildwood Police said there were still more suspects to detain.

The drugs allegedly sold by the suspects included cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, oxycodone, hydrocodone and marijuana.

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