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SBI drug sweep nets 70 arrests across NC, says AG Cooper

Release date: 7/28/2006

NC State Bureau of Investigation participates in national drug enforcement day

Raleigh:  State Bureau of Investigation agents busted 4 meth labs, seized 1 pound of cocaine, 18 pounds of marijuana, 4,430 marijuana plants, 259 pills, over $83,000 in currency and arrested 70 people yesterday as part a national sweep to fight drugs and drug-related crime, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Friday.

“Drugs ruin people’s lives and bring crime and violence into our communities,” Cooper said. “We’re pushing back against the pushers and the traffickers and putting them behind bars where they belong.”
SBI agents worked with local law enforcement to conduct drug searches and seizures, bust meth labs and arrest dozens of drug dealers and traffickers across North Carolina yesterday.  In Duplin County alone, SBI agents acting with local law enforcement arrested 23 suspected drug dealers and 5 weapons during Operation Street Sweep, the largest drug campaign ever in Beulaville.  In Alleghany County, SBI agents executed a search warrant on a residence where over 4,000 indoor marijuana plants were located.  Of the four meth labs that were busted, two were in Harnett County and one a piece was in Buncombe and McDowell Counties.  The sweep was part of Operation Byrne Drug, a nationwide push against drugs and drug crime organized through the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies.
 “We must continue our push against drugs that are made here in meth labs as well as drugs that get trafficked into our state,” said Cooper.
Cooper recently won funding for five new drug chemistry experts to analyze evidence from drug crimes at the SBI Crime Lab and one new SBI field agent to investigate trafficking of methamphetamines and other drugs.  He plans to continue to ask legislators for more help to fight drugs and crime.

  Contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413