• Police target 60 suspects in Lincoln Co. drug round-up


    LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Law enforcement officials have been busy Wednesday morning, rounding up dozens of suspects they say are involved in illegal drug activities.

    Lincoln County Sheriff’s investigators, detectives, deputies and Catawba County Sheriff’s officers were deployed throughout the county looking for 60 suspects.

    Only Channel 9 was with law enforcement during Wednesday’s "Play 60" round-up.

    Teams of deputies were assigned a list of individuals from each of the three county districts identified in true bills of indictment handed down by the Lincoln County Grand Jury.

    The round-up began shortly after 5:30 a.m.

    The 60 offenders targeted in the round-up are facing a total of 206 felony drug charges, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Police said the suspects are street level and large scale traffickers, and less than 25 percent of them are repeat offenders.

    They range in age from 15 to 67 years old.

    “We utilize every possible resource available to seek out and apprehend the scum that continue to plague our neighborhoods with the sale and delivery of illegal drugs. It is my goal, as sheriff, to continue these efforts and hopefully send more of them to prison for longer periods of time. Words can’t really express how proud I am of the professional work of the officers that work for our office and what they continue to accomplish each day,” said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter.

    “The majority of our investigations stem from tips phoned in by the community. Our success over the past four years is credited to the proactive approach put in place by Sheriff Carpenter and the never ending tips phoned into our tip line by the community. We urge all citizens to phone in any tip regardless of the details they can provide to our investigators,” said Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid.

    That tip line number is 704-736-8422.

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