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Posted: 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By Tina Terry
LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
More than a dozen people were arrested Wednesday on various drug charges in Lincoln County. Eyewitness News was the only station there as a SWAT team started rounding the suspects up. Around 5 a.m., the Sheriff's Office started picking up 52 people accused of various drug charges. Some of the suspects were accused of selling drugs to undercover officers. Investigators also seized cars, money, and property from people who owe controlled-substance taxes to North Carolina's Department of Revenue. The tax is given to people found with illegal drugs. Investigators said they hoped the operation would force drug dealers to stop. "We're trying to cut them off to where they don't have anything to further their drug-dealing efforts," said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter.
The sheriff said about 75 percent of the money they seize will come back to the department.
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