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Drug sweep under way in Lincoln County

Lincoln County authorities launched a sweep of alleged drug dealers Wednesday morning, saying they are looking for 52 suspects.

The sweep, dubbed Operation 52 Pick-Up, began about 6 a.m. In the first few hours, the sheriff’s office reports making more than a dozen arrests.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office looking for people indicted by a grand jury in Lincoln County, and a sheriff’s office spokesman says the indictments involved 125 felony drug charges.

A number of those being sought in today’s sweep are first-time offenders.

“A lot of people we have picked up in earlier roundups are now incarcerated, have moved out of Lincoln County, or won’t sell controlled substances in Lincoln County,” said sheriff’s office Lt. Jason Reid. “Therefore, the increase in the number of first-time offenders.”

The sheriff’s office says the N.C. Department of Revenue, the district attorney’s office and Lincoln County magistrates are helping in the arrest and processing of suspects.

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