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WADESBORO, N.C. -- The U.S. attorney and a host of law enforcement officials were in Wadesboro Monday, discussing a drug problem in the small town.

On Friday, agents arrested the alleged members of an organization that was spreading violence and fear along the Salisbury Street area.

Drug problems are in rural places and they are in cities, said U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins.

At a news conference Monday, she announced the completion of a major drug initiative in Wadesboro in which 11 people were arrested for dealing drugs.

Anytime you are dealing with a drug conspiracy with the level we are dealing with, there is fear generated. That's without a doubt, said Wadesboro Police Chief Janie Schutz.

The FBI's Safe Streets Task Force investigated the alleged drug ring, which agents believe has operated since 2007. As a part of the bust, authorities have filed paperwork to seize a home located at 982 Salisbury St.

It seems like over the past 21 years the number of cases that have started out, come through or wound up at that house, is just huge, said Anson County District Attorney Michael Parker.

The home is owned by T. Willie Bennett.

No, they have never got no drugs from here, from my house, said Bennett. I have let a lot of people stay here that have no place to stay.

If the federal government succeeds in taking the house, Bennett won't have a place to stay. He can appeal, but if he loses, the government can either auction off the property or bulldoze it.

The 11 people arrested are charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. Some of the people arrested also face weapons and armed robbery charges.

Those arrested are:
Cedrick Little, 20
Kendrick Parsons, 28
Shaun Burns, 31
Adrian Parker, 25
Gecoby Hailey, 24
Clayton Cadarius Kersey, 20
Duncan Ojay Borden, 29
Katrina Gould, 38
Jasmine Gatewood, 20
Paul Long, 24
Harvey Lee Sturdivant, 30

Click here to read the U.S. Attorney's news release on the indictments.

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