Undercover Probe Nets Arrest

Authorities say a lengthy investigation has removed a major drug dealer from the streets.

The arrest of Derrick L. Sanders, 24, of DeKalb, came after a three-year-long investigation.

DeKalb Police Chief Kirk Merchant said it first involved his department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, who then called in the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

"Sanders has been dealing large quantities of cocaine over the past three years from School Lane Road in DeKalb, within 1500 feet of a school," said Chief Merchant, referring to West Kemper Elementary. "We got DEA involved and they did an undercover operation."

Merchant said Sanders was picked up Tuesday morning by U.S. marshals, based on an indictment from federal court.

"We plan to continue the investigation on Sanders. Sanders was out on bond for a possession charge here. Besides, he's also on probation in Lauderdale County for a drug charge," said Merchant.

Sanders was transported to Madison County to face drug trafficking charges. Merchant said other arrests could be made in connection with this case.