by: Dan Tordjman Updated:LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
Deputies invited Eyewitness News along on a raid of 34 suspected drug dealers’ homes that were identified by authorities during a six month undercover drug operation.
During Tuesday night's raid, we rode along with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department as deputies knocked on the doors of those suspected dealers. Within an hour, five of the suspects were already in custody.
"We want to send a message that we're going to go after anyone who is involved in drug activity," said Sheriff David Carpenter.
Authorities said that they had surveillance on the 34 suspected dealers selling drugs, including cocaine and heroin.
Tuesday's raid follows two others in Lincoln County, in which more than 80 suspected dealers were arrested.