Pitt County Sheriff’s Office rounds up heroin users and dealers

GREENVILLE, NC (WCNT)- The use of heroin nationwide is on the rise. Law enforcement officers in our area are cracking down on drug use and distribution.

On Monday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 people on drug charges. It’s all a part of Operation New Year. A plan developed to address the increasing amount of heroin and other drugs sold in Pitt County.

Detective Nathan Hollingsworth said, “Approximately 20 warrants have been served today, with a total of about 30.”

Deputies went from house to house in Pitt county looking for suspects. They found some people, and others are still on the loose.

“Once you make contact with somebody if it’s a person that you’re looking for you inform them their under arrest and take them into custody,” Hollingsworth said.

It’s all in an effort to stop people from using and distributing heroin and other drugs like it.

Sheriff Neil Elks said, “This is showing from the buyer to the user, that this is a deadly drug and if you are going to use the drug, these are some of the consequences you will be faced with.”

Sheriff Elks says drug use affects everyone and getting users and dealers off the streets can help eliminate other crimes.

“As long as this goes on in your neighborhood, your county, your city, your state, it’s a problem that everyone needs to be concerned about,” Sheriff Elks said.

He says the operation is only the beginning

Sheriff Elks said, “It’s one step closer to making your community safe, it’s one step closer to getting the availability of drugs off the street.”

Sheriff Elks says the next step is education. He wants users and dealers to know there are ways they can get help and turn their life around. There are still some suspects deputies didn’t arrest Monday, they will try to locate them later in the week.

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