Federal, state, and local authorites said Tuesday they arrested 15 people, including six from Lee County, and seized more than $3 million worth of drugs after a yearlong investigation into a cocaine and crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization.
Besides the six Lee County residents, five of those arrested lived in North Carolina and four were arrested outside of the state, according to a release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities hadn’t released the names and official charges as of late Tuesday afternoon.
During the investigation, authorities seized $3.4 million in illegal drugs, including about 18.7 pounds of powder cocaine, 3.3 pounds of crack cocaine and 25 pounds of crystal methamphetamines. Authorities also seized almost $450,000 along with other personal assets, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I’m very pleased with the way that these investigations went,” said Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter. “These officers worked really hard and networked with these other agencies, which you’ve got to have in a case that’s this far in depth.”
The sheriff’s office was assisted in the investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Homeland Security and the city of Sanford Police Department.
October 22, 2014
Kathryn Trogdon | The Sanford Herald