Local, state, federal agencies combine to make 30 drug-related arrests in Bladen Co.

Local, state, federal agencies combine to make 30 drug-related arrests in Bladen Co.

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker and Bladenboro Police Chief Will Howell announced Wednesday the results of a two-month joint investigation conducted in and around the Town of Bladenboro which led to the arrest of 30 suspected drug dealers.

Over the past several months, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit received multiple complaints in reference to the sale and delivery of controlled substances in and around Bladenboro. Thirty-five individuals who sold controlled substances to undercover agents were identified.

On Jan. 4, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a multi-agency roundup during which 27 of the 35 identified targets were apprehended. Three additional targets were taken into custody Monday.

During this operation, multiple subjects were charged with additional controlled substance and firearms related offenses.

The Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina Probation and Parole, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center, United States Marshal Service, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bladen County Emergency Medical Services assisted with the operation.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has outstanding warrants for arrest for five remaining targets from this investigation. McVicker is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals to contact the Vice/Narcotics Unit at 910-874-0656. Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.

“You call us, and you give us a tip and you will remain anonymous and we will follow up on all tips," McVicker said. "I was in the drugstore yesterday to motion me over in private and tell me where a person was who we’ve been looking for. We’re just trying to do our job. Keep the streets safe, that’s all we’re trying to do.”

David Jackson, Dominique Cratch, Derby Skyes, Matthew Johnson, and Christopher Johnson remain at large.

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