BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s not the wake up call you want. Early in the morning, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office started searching for those facing drug charges. They went to multiple homes, armed with arrest warrant for 67 people facing felonies.
“We are going after 67 people with numerous charges. Anywhere from selling prescription medication to heroin,” John Ingram, Brunswick County sheriff, says.
Brunswick county split law enforcement up into North, South and Middle teams. After a briefing at the sheriff’s office, they took off. The teams went to areas all throughout the county and even as far as Wilmington. Sheriff Ingram says the operation took months of planning and can be tough to execute.
“Knock on a number of doors and chase down leads because a lot of these people, it being over a span of several months, move or they’re transient and go from place to place. So, we certainly try to follow those leads and find them. It will take sometime to accomplish that,” Ingram says.
While they may not have arrested all 67 on the list, they won’t stop searching. The sheriffs says they will punish those who deserve it and also help those who need it.
“It’s not going to be solved simply by locking people up. Yes we’re certainly going to lock up the drug dealers. But on the flip side of that, we have to understand that those people that are suffering from addiction need help,” Ingram says.
BSCO says 39 people were arrested Thursday with more expected over the next several days.