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Three of the four latest suspects arrested by the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force have addresses from much larger cities - and police say that's become more common.
The suspects, Ace Parks, Quarn Johnson and Izell Marshall, are from Philadelphia and Chicago.
The drug task force arrested the men following a drug raid at a Watertown apartment. Police say they found 48 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine and about $400 in cash.
Detective Lieutenant Joe Donoghue from the Watertown Police Department said drug dealers coming from larger cities isn't something new, but more of them have been traveling here in recent years.
"The drugs are bought cheaper in the bigger cities and they bring it up here and they can make that much a profit," Donoghue said.
Jefferson County District Attorney Kristyna Mills told 7 News most of the county's drugs come from other cities and and many people arrested for selling drugs are from large cities. Donoghue said there's a significant demand for drugs in the north country.
"Location, location, location and until that demand goes away I'm afraid we're going to have this people bringing drugs into our area," Donghue said.
Although the four men arrested last week weren't armed, Donoghue said police are concerned not only by the drugs, but by the fact that more of the dealers have guns.