by: Paige Hansen Updated:ANSON COUNTY —
Several people suspected of drug dealing were arrested Thursday in Anson County, according Sheriff Tommy Allen. Allen told Eyewitness News his department arrested 14 people Thursday following a six-month investigation, during which time, undercover officers made hand-to-hand drug buys to build cases against suspected local drug-dealers. The Anson County Sheriff's Department worked with several other agencies to make the arrests.
"Primarily, these are drug dealers selling crack cocaine and marijuana," Allen said.
While that is the majority of what authorities found Thursday, Allen says he has seen a rise in the sale of prescription drugs, like Xanax and Oxycodone, which can go for $10 to $30 per pill.
During Thursday's bust, some suspects told Channel 9, they didn't know why authorities knocked on their door to arrest them.
"I don't know what's going on," one suspect said Thursday.
An undercover agent showed Channel 9 an SKS rifle picked up from one of the suspected drug dealers.
"Most people involved in narcotics trade are actually armed when we approach them," the undercover officer said.
Deputies picked up several other suspects on drug-related charges earlier this week, bringing the total number of arrests so far to 22. The sheriff expects more arrests will be made in the coming days.