NAVASSA, NC (WECT) - The Sheriff of Brunswick County says his department has been receiving a number of calls about crimes in the Town of Navassa. He says they've received calls about everything from drug deals, to gang activity to rape.
"We received multiple calls and when officers arrived on scene numerous people have been aggressive towards law enforcement which has prompted our agency to have backup when we respond," said Sheriff John Ingram. He says it's a couple of criminals causing problems for the whole town.
"A few individuals are making it unbearable for the people that live in that community and we are not going to put up with it any more," explained Sheriff Ingram. The Department has served as the primary responders for Navassa for about a year, ever since the Town of Navassa shut down their Police Department.
The Sheriff says because of the numerous calls, and increase of drug activity and violent crime in the area he decided to start Operation Restore Order, leading to the arrest of seven last weekend.
"Thugs that do not care about peoples quality of life making the decision to be involved in illegal activity including drug dealing and carrying firearms and terrorizing the community," said the Sheriff.
The Mayor of Navassa, Eulis Willis, says he was surprised when he heard about the large number of crimes.
"I was somewhat surprised, I knew there was some activity but I didn't think it was a major proportion," said Willis. He says he knew crime picked up a little when the police department first shut down, but was unaware it was increasing to such a large scale.
He says he is glad that the Sheriff's Office is lending a helping hand, and adds that the town is in the process of getting their police department up and running again.
He says they hired a police chief about two months ago and they are hoping to add more officers by the end of the summer.
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