40 people facing charges after 9-month drug investigation

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Forty people in Lincolnton are facing several charges after a drug roundup overnight.

Channel 9 was the only television station with Lincolnton investigators as they carried out search warrants and brought suspects to jail.

When Channel 9 was with officers, they arrested about half of the 40 people they were looking for Wednesday morning.

Those taken into custody were taken to the magistrates office; the rest are expected to turn themselves in.  

Police said the combined charges for all 40 total more than 150 felonies and four misdemeanors. 

The main charges are for trafficking, selling and delivering, and possession with intent to sell.  The drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills.

Channel 9 was part of a nine-month investigation that police said started from citizen complaints and anonymous calls.
Neighbors said they're tired of drug activity in their neighborhood.

“You know, you don't want all this activity going on and you don't want your child to follow in the same footsteps,” said Jameelah Davis.
Police said they plan to release names and pictures of the people they weren't able to arrest.

Channel 9 was told that if they don't turn themselves in, there will be outstanding warrants for their arrest.