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13 arrests in Columbus County drug sweep

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | criminal law

Law enforcement officers in North Carolina are responsible for keeping city streets safe. This often means investigating reports of suspected criminal activity in their communities. Two areas of criminal activity that often affect the safety of members of the community are illegal drugs and guns, and authorities in one North Carolina county recently arrested 13 individuals on a variety of drug and weapons charges.

Drug investigation and arrests

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit, recently conducted a joint investigation into suspected illegal drug activity in their area. Dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning,” the investigation resulted in the arrests of 13 individuals on various drug- and gun-related charges, as well as a stolen vehicle charge. Authorities were reportedly investigating illegal methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking in the area.

The arrests occurred at various locations. One incident took place at a local convenient store, where three people were taken into custody, and other arrests occurred at no less than seven different locations across both counties. Those arrested range in age from 18 to 47, and most face several charges that include felony trafficking and weapons violations. In total, the bond amount for all of the accused was in excess of $1.2 million.

Right to defense

Considering the seriousness of these charges, those individuals accused of these crimes in North Carolina are likely considering their options for mounting an effective criminal defense. Although accused of these crimes, these individuals are presumed innocent unless and until convicted. As such, each will want to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to fully understand their rights and options. A lawyer will challenge evidence sought to be used by the prosecution in order to help his or her client pursue the best outcome possible.