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21 charged in drug roundup in Duplin County

By Christy Andrews
Published On: Apr 29 2013 05:09:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 05:46:16 PM CDT
BEULAVILLE, DUPLIN COUNTY -

Law enforcement officers with the Beulaville Police Department, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI worked together to charge 21 people in a drug roundup Monday.  It’s part of a six month drug investigation called “Operation Spring Clean.”

The investigation brought more than 150 total charges on 21 suspects, ages 19 to 78. The suspects were brought to the Beulaville Fire Department Monday to be processed before being taken to the jail.

Most of the charges stem from selling drugs, including meth, cocaine and marijuana. Sheriff Blake Wallace of Duplin County said prescription drugs seem to be the biggest problem.

“That seems to be a trend that we’re seeing not only here in Eastern North Carolina, but across the country,” Wallace said.

Chief Joey Carter of the Beulaville Police Department said he hopes the bust is a lesson to others.

“They know we're out there working,” Carter said. “If they're going to try to sell drugs in Duplin County or the Town of Beulaville, we're going to be looking.”

The SBI has seen a 400% increase in prescription drug related cases in the last five years, according to the Department of Justice.

A prescription drug drop box is expected to be located inside Town Hall in Beulaville. It will be moved there sometime this week, according to law enforcement.