BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Drug agents and officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office woke up early Wednesday to surprise a long list of suspected drug dealers as part of Operation Season's Greetings.
The officers' day began at 6:30 a.m. with a briefing about the investigation.
The agents have been researching more than 40 suspected dealers for months. Now, the accused will face over 100 narcotics charges.
Officers knocked on doors in Ocean Isle Beach, Calabash, Longwood, and a list of other locations in the county, and made several arrests.
Many people cooperated with the law enforcement agents, but others didn't succumb to the idea of being arrested and ran. Agents were able to catch the, so-called "runners" and take them into custody.
"I guess as long as there's been police officers there's been suspects running from them, and we'll continue to catch them either with ourselves or with a canine," said Drug Enforcement Unit Supervisor Lt. Marty Folding.
After six hours of pursuing suspected drug dealers, more than 20 were taken to the Sally Port of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to be processed and taken to jail.
For those still remaining on the list of suspects, Lt. Folding cautions to turn themselves in.
"I'd think seriously about turning yourself in and going through the process, because we're going to find you and we're going to arrest you either way," warned Folding.