36 arrested in 'Operation Route 66' in Lincoln County

36 arrested in 'Operation Route 66' in Lincoln County

36 arrested in 'Operation Route 66' in Lincoln County

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 11:58 AM

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and narcotics agents are conducting a drug bust across the county Wednesday, and already 36 arrests have been made.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, investigators and the SWAT team are looking for 66 suspects identified in an indictment handed down by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on October 15.

Indictments were obtained by undercover operations that have been on-going since May 2012 by Lincoln County Narcotics Investigators.

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“The continuing effort of our drug enforcement investigators shows the seriousness of the drug problem in Lincoln County.  Using that knowledge we are continuing to make progress in combating the manufacture and sale of illicit drugs," said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter.

The sheriff’s office said many of the suspects were targeted based on tips from a drug tip line.

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