BENNINGTON COUNTY - As of 10:30 this morning, 12 suspected Bennington County drug dealers have been taken into custody, and seven have been transported to Bennington Superior Court after area law enforcement officials initiated Operation Strike Two, a massive area drug sweep and the fourth of its kind this year.

Forty officers from throughout Bennington County are attempting to arrest approximately 20 defendants wanted for the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.

A similar drug task force was carried out in January of this year, which resulted in 48 arrests.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.