YORK COUNTY, N.C. — A massive drug bust has led to the largest amount of fentanyl to be taken off the streets of York County, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said this bust was part of a year-long investigation that led them to Golden Pond Drive in Clover.
At that location, deputies said they found more than 30,000 grams of fentanyl, which is roughly 65 pounds, as well as other drugs.
The York County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 9 that major players in the drug trade have been arrested in connection with this case.
On Monday, local law enforcement officers and federal lawmakers held a press conference to urge state lawmakers to create tougher laws that would require people who distribute fentanyl to face more time in jail.
“It’s deadly, it’s serious, and the lack of the legislature to deal with it in my opinion just offers a hedge of protection to drug dealers,” York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said.
Tolson said under the current state law, the harshest charge in a case like this is possession with intent to distribute. It carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
“So I can have 10 pills and 10 separate baggies, which meets the standard of possession of with intent to distribute, or I can have this and the penalty is the same,” Tolson said.
Holly Alsobrooks told Channel 9′s Tina Terry that she lost her son Cody Bryant to fentanyl in 2020. “All these kids are dying and nobody is doing anything,” Alsobrooks said.
Alsobrooks said she and other parents who have lost their children to drug overdoses agree with the sheriff.
“These laws have got to change. These laws have got to change. We’re not gonna sit by and let their deaths be in vain,” Alsobrooks said.
Congressman Ralph Norman and Senator Lindsay Graham also attended the press conference.
Graham later told Channel 9 that the federal government should do more to keep fentanyl from coming into the county.
Both lawmakers urged voters to express their views about this issue on election day.
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