Police in North Carolina took two men into custody on the morning of Sept. 11 who they believe were responsible for distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine throughout Caldwell County. The men were arrested after members of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office SWAT team conducted a search of their Lenoir residence. Narcotics officers from the Lenoir Police Department were also dispatched to the scene on Northwest Hillside Street according to reports.
North Carolina residents may have heard about the arrests of 13 people for a variety of drug and weapons offenses in the eastern part of the state. Twelve of those arrested were indicted on federal charges. In a press conference on August 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that 12 people had been charged in connection with a multi-agency operation led by the FBI.
An informant communicating with a 21-year-old man on Facebook connected police in Raleigh with evidence used to arrest him and one of his triplet brothers for an alleged drug operation. The informant arranged for the man to sell him 1,000 counterfeit Xanax bars. After buying the pills, police kept the drugs as evidence and later arrested the two men. Authorities charged the brothers with possessing and selling Xanax pills. Police suspected some of the pills contained the powerful narcotic fentanyl. The third brother had been arrested previously on charges of trafficking heroin or opium.
The small North Carolina town of Godwin was the site of a rather large cocaine and crack distribution scheme. However, the men operating the drug ring have been convicted and sentenced, according to a June 21 announcement from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
On May 24, North Carolina law enforcement officers made a major drug bust on Interstate 85. According to authorities, drug traffickers commonly use I-85 to transport drugs from Atlanta to Rowan County.
From May 4 to 6, North Carolina authorities raided a number of bars, restaurants and clubs across the state in an effort to deter violence. The operation led to the arrest of more than 130 people, many of them on drug charges.
Authorities in North Carolina took 13 people into custody on drug-related and other charges following a two-day operation by seven law enforcement agencies. Dubbed "Operation Hammer Time", the operation seized 15 firearms, 90 grams of cocaine in crack and powder form, more than 2 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of ammunition rounds.
Police in North Carolina have reported that three men were charged with drug possession after a tour bus being used by the hip-hop group Migos was stopped on Highway 105 on the evening of April 12. According to a press release from the Boone Police Department, the tour bus was pulled over after officers assigned to provide security for the band detected the odor of marijuana as the vehicle left the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. The group performed at Appalachian State University to promote their third studio album "Culture II". None of the men charged were members of the group.
According to police in Sampson County, North Carolina, three people were taken into custody after a traffic stop on Interstate 40. Authorities initially pulled over the vehicle that the individuals were in for a traffic violation. During a search of the vehicle, police found 17 pounds of cocaine. There was no mention as to what gave police probable cause to search the vehicle.