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FBI Drug Bust in Ferriday

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A major drug bust in Ferriday has landed more than 30 people behind bars.

The FBI says it comes after a year long drug investigation. Many times when we hear these stories, we hear that neighbors are glad to see drugs off the streets.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford found out that this time, people she spoke with say police just took away part of their livelihood.  

The streets are quiet in Ferriday now, but Friday, it was different story.

"Man it was a bunch of police everywhere," said Marcus Simms, a resident. "They came and got a whole lot of people and a whole lot of snitches."

According to the FBI, early Friday morning, investigators with the support of the U.S. Marshals and Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office busted more than 30 dealers in town.

"Oh, about 200," said James Lewis, of the amount of officers he thought he saw. "They had the whole hood blocked off. You couldn't do nothing."

The arrests came after a year-long federal and state investigation targeting drug dealers and members of the "6th Street Boys" gang, who agents say are located in Ferriday.

"Every street. Every street," said Lewis. "Maryland, Carolina, Georgia - across the tracks. They were everywhere."

Federal agents say Ferriday has become a big problem over the past few years and say it was time to put a stop to the alleged illegal actions.

But Monday afternoon, residents told us right or wrong, this is the way they make money.

"You have to realize, we don't have no jobs around here or nothing," said Derrick Brown, another resident. "Every time we try to make a little something to get on our feet or try to feed our family they come kicking the doors in and knocking us back down again."

Investigators say they confiscated more than 8 oz. of crack, half a kilo of powder cocaine, marijuana, cash, cars and guns.

Agents say that's 30 fewer drug dealers off the streets for now, and more arrests could be coming.

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