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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- Several Brunswick County law enforcement agencies joined forces to crack down on drugs in Oak Island. Almost 300 felony indictments. More than 50 misdemeanor charges. It took 21 months, but officers say Operation Ocean Storm blew away the drug industry on Oak Island. "This is a small community. Sometimes it takes a long time to get in, to be able to do what we did," Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger said. During the operation undercover investigators bought 160 grams of marijuana, 75 grams of cocaine and more than 100 pills ranging from Xanax to Ecstasy. All together the drugs have a value of almost $65,000. "Whether you're on this side of the bridge or the other side of the bridge, we're coming to get you, and we're coming together as a team," said Charlie Miller with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office. The operation revealed almost 40 drug dealers. Tuesday officer arrested 29 of them. Charges range from felony trafficking to misdemeanor motor vehicle charges. That leaves the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office with plenty of work ahead. Police say the operation also provided other information that lead to the arrest and prosecution of unrelated crimes. WANTED: Donna Sutton Wanda Rankin Patrick Rankin Angela Richards Jake Hemeon Kirby L. Clark ARRESTED: Jennifer A. Bradford L. Scott Yandle Perry Willetts Jennifer McCorkle Brandon McGinnis Stuart Marmon Lance Tenenof Ira A. Harwood William R. Midgley Jesse Overman Rodney Hammond Brian Sanders Randall Deaton Grady Stegall Timothy Holmes Kevin York Susan W. Leigh Shane Walsh Kenneth Roberts George Saunders James Bisson Clint Skipper Paul Westbrook Joseph Bishop Kenneth McGinnis

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