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LINCOLNCOUNTY, N.C. -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators, detectives and deputies are spread out throughout the county on Wednesday hunting down 40 suspects they say are involved in illegal drug activity.

A total of approximately 152 felony drug charges are expected to be filed on the 40 suspects following a six-month long undercover operation targeting street-level dealers, officials say.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter says, I firmly believe without the aggressive efforts of all our officers and especially our drug enforcement team we would be years behind in our abilities to track down and send these drug offenders to jail and ultimately to prison. Words can t really express how proud I continue to be of the professional work of our drug investigators and what they have accomplished in 36 short months.

A total of 15 suspects were taken into custody in the push, the Sheriff's Office says. As for the remaining 25, the warrants have been distributed to patrol deputies, who will look for the wanted suspects during routine patrol.

(Click through to see mugshots and charges of those arrested so far in the roundup.)

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