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The 10-week-long federal investigaron into narcotics sales in the Ann Arbor area continued today as agents sought out the remainder of 55 persons listed as peddlers in warrants obtained this week. Pólice Chief Wálter E. Krasny and Theodore L. Verniêr, regional director of the IJ.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Detroit, said two more suspects were apprehended Thursday night, including Paul Bryant of Ann Arbor. The officers said about 40 of the 55 warrants have now been served and those 'arrested are being processed through U.S. District Couft in Detroit. One of the suspects, Ricky Lasiter, 23, of Ann Arbor, was back in the city Thursday night after being released on petsonal recognizance. Ho wever, others are being held pending, posting of bond. John Pena, 31, who agents say directed a $250,000-a-year drug operation from a house at 1666 Broadway, was ordered to post a $50,000 bond. The same bond was set for Randy Weilis, 23, who officers say trafficked in nárcotics under Yfy&: s direction. Saad Kakos, a 20-year-old hairdressef from Oak Park, had a $25,000 bond set and Joseph Bruton, 25, from near Hamburg in Livingston County must post .$10,000 to be free pending trial. Although Ann Arbor Mayor Albert Wheeler Thursday criticized the seqrecy of the massive drug investigation, Chief Krasny said his office has received favorable reaction from citizens. He said some callers are volunteering information on narcotic sales in the city and that data are being passed on to federal agents. Concerning the secrecy of the federal investigation, Krasny said few officers in his own department wefe aware of the probe. "I've got majors and captains who are miffed because they weren't told," the chief said. "But this was a very delicate operation and there was real concern about the safety of undercover agents. The fact is the more people who know about something like this the more chance there is for a leak to develop." Director Vernier said Thursday, only stern prison sentences, regularly given out, would discourage the drug trade. "Swift, sure, fixed, go-to-jail law . would be a deterrent to this business," Vernier said. "If these people know they can' get off lightly, that they won't have to spend time in jail, they'll continue to ( peddle. Why shouldn't they'. There's tremendous profit in selling narcotics. And with the risk removed or made minimal , they'll keep selling." He said at one time the state of Ohiq was a major area of narcotics trade with Cleveland supplyyig Detroit dealers. "Then they passed a 20-to-life sentence for sale and the judges began applyihg it. The drug trade dried up there. The certainty of punïshment is always adeterrent," Vernier said. A resident of 2530 S. Main Street told The News today that one of the suspects arrested Wednesday, James Moscara, 25-year-oM Sheriff's Department dog warden, does not live at that address. The resident says Moscara's mail sometimes still comes to that number but that the sheriff's employé has not lived there for some time. Federar agents said the address was the one they had listêd for I Moscara.