NEW DETAILS: Operation Winter Storm nets 19 arrests in Carteret Co

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – Over a dozen drug suspects are off the streets thanks to several agencies teaming up for a special operation.

In Carteret County, Operation Winter Storm partnered with four agencies in the area and law enforcement officers say drug crimes are not an isolated problem, but one that affects the entire community.

Carteret County law enforcement officials and Sheriff Asa Buck have a warning for all criminals in their county.

“If you’re selling drugs in this area it is our mission to find you, to build a case against you, and to prosecute you,” said Sheriff Buck.

The results of Operation Winter Storm led to the arrests of 19 people in the past two weeks.

“This is not a Morehead City problem, this is not a Carteret County problem, this is everybody’s problem,” said Chief Bernette Morris with the Morehead City Police Department.

“When the drug selling goes unnoticed or unlooked upon, ultimately it’s going to lead to violence,” said Chief David Magnusson with the Havelock Police Department.

“Somebody’s going to take over somebody else’s turf, you’re going to have a shoot-out, you’re going to have retaliation, it’s going to happen. It happens everywhere in this country,” he continued to say.

Which is why they’ve been taking action into their own hands.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers from Morehead City and Havelock Police Departments helped arrest the suspects.

Officers say the operation helped get opium, heroin, cocaine, and illegal prescription drugs off the streets.

“If they don’t learn from the first time they’re prosecuted and they continue to engage in this type of activity, they need to go to prison,” said Sheriff Buck.

“There’s no two ways about it. If you’re in prison you’re not selling drugs in our community.”

Sheriff buck says in the coming weeks, they expect to arrest numerous other drug dealers and vow to come after those responsible.

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to announce the results of Operation Winter Storm on Friday.

The narcotics operation involved the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Morehead City Police and Havelock Police.

Sheriff Asa Buck said the operation led to the arrest of 19 people over the last two weeks and more are expected.

The suspects range in age from 22 to 50 years old.

The operation targeted opium, heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs.


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