WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Today several state and federal agencies served 50 warrants and arrested 35 people in New Hanover County for drug-related crimes.
The Sheriff's Office says it has been working on Operation Clean Sweep for more than 10 months now.
Twelve of the arrests were federal indictments for gang-related activity.
Sheriff Ed McMahon says this will only lead to more arrests.
"We are going to win. We are not going to stop. We are going to get the drug dealers. We are going to get the people that are involved with gangs. We are going to arrest them," Sheriff McMahon said. "These 12 federal indictments, these individuals will get a lot longer of a sentence than anything by the state."
McMahon says they plan on getting all of the guys on their list.
This afternoon, the US Attorney's Office released the names of 14 suspects under federal indictment.
Victor Francisco Valladares, Justice Devon Price, Shamika Tarona Fennell, Tony Shaheen Davis, Victor Manuel Davila, Demond Nakai Flowers, Pearlie Armstrong, Ronald Lee Harry and Alicia Drayton are charged in a 25-count indictment. Investigators say they are part of an organization that distributed large quantities of heroin and PCP and was also involved in money laundering.
Prosecutors also say Jermaine Dale Rogers, Harlee Barsheen Tomer, Patrick McMillian Bragg, Tyquawn Washington and Vincent Bruce Jackson were indicted separately on charges related to heroin distribution.
Ten of the suspects made their first appearance in federal court in Wilmington today. If convicted, they could face maximum penalties of between 20 years and life in prison.