More than 50 arrested in Thomasville sting
Thomasville Police Department, along with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, conducted an undercover operation which targeted drug traffickers throughout Thomasville today. North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and Thomasville police officers arrested dozens of drug dealers and executed 11 search warrants at locations distributing drugs in Thomasville. Large quantities of marijuana and cocaine were confiscated from several locations.
The four-month undercover operation was a result of citizen complaints about drug networks in the city of Thomasville. Heroin, opium, cocaine, prescription medications and marijuana were among the illegal substances being distributed, according to Thomasville police.
The controlled substance investigation was part of the ALE’s Community Betterment Initiative which identifies communities in North Carolina where citizens are held hostage by drugs, gangs and violence. This effort involved ALE providing undercover agents to conduct drug transactions with specific targets in the city while working with detectives with the Thomasville Police Department.
“We are committed to addressing the needs of neighborhoods and communities with proactive, efficient enforcement strategies,” said ALE Director John Ledford. “No one should ever fear walking outside their own home.”
Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increasing trend in the illegal sale and abuse of prescription medication.
The operation was a cooperative effort that included Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, University of North Carolina-Greensboro Police Department, Denton Police Department, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshalls Service, N.C. Probation and Parole, N.C. State Revenue, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Enforcement Section and the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.
Earlier today, several officers wearing U.S. marshal jackets were spotted in the streets near the Thomasville municipal pool.
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