Nearly 50 people have been arrested in Ashe County in a methamphetamine sweep dubbed Operation Witches Brew, authorities said.
The crackdown was carried out by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI. Authorities said agents targeted both the “smurfers,” the nickname for those who buy products to make meth; and the “cookers,” who made the drug.
Those charged with manufacturing methamphetamine were jailed in Ashe County under $500,000 bond, while those charged with illegally buying the ingredients were jailed under $250,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.
“For the past two years, we have been conducting investigations and making arrests,” Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said Wednesday. “Today’s arrests are the largest meth round-up ever in this county.”
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Williams said the Boone Police Department and Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the operation.