An Ivanhoe man has been served felony charges in connection with a Sampson County Sheriff’s undercover campaign called “Operation Dirty South,” with was initiated last year to target alleged drug dealers in the southern half of the county.
Bruce Jordan Spencer Jr., 36, of 531 McKoy Loop Road, Ivanhoe, was charged with four counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for the storage of a controlled substance.
The outstanding drug charges were served the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
Spencer was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $105,000 secured bond.
The warrants, taken out on Aug. 26, 2015, stem from the Sheriff’s “Dirty South” campaign, which targeted what investigators called “an overwhelming number of drug complaints” originating mainly in the southern end of Sampson.
Early last year, investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division started the campaign in an answer to those complaints, dubbing the operation “Dirty South” due to its geographic focus. The operation closed in on street-level drug sales of marijuana, cocaine, meth and opiates.
On Nov. 19, 2015, investigators began making their first of numerous drug arrests from the campaign. The next month it was announced that nearly 40 suspects had been arrested and charged in connection with the campaign, with still “numerous more” to be made.
“These arrests should send a strong and clear message to those who choose to deal drugs in Sampson County that they need to find another occupation or they’re going to end up in our jail,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stated at the time.
Since the beginning of this year, just a handful of outstanding warrants have been served, with the last arrest coming in April before Spencer’s arrest Thursday.
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