Special law enforcement operation held, more to come


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



A multi-agency operation led by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in response to “numerous drug and crime-related complaints” in the county yielded a slew of charges over a two-day period at the end of last month, according to authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office conducted a multi-agency enforcement operation in the county on Feb. 26 and 27, utilizing assistance from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilmington Police Department.

The purpose of the operation was to conduct “high volume enforcement action throughout Sampson County,” including all municipalities, in an effort to address numerous drug and crime-related complaints received by sheriff’s authorities.

The efforts of the operation yielded four wanted subjects, 14 misdemeanor drug charges, one driving while license revoked offense, one felony possession of a stolen firearm charge and one felony possession with intent to sale and deliver marijuana charge along with two carrying concealed weapons charges.

“More operations like this will occur in the near future,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stated. “We encourage anyone having information on criminal activity to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and report such information. Together we can work to make Sampson County a safer place to live and work.”

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By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

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Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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