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Johnston County Authorities Uncover High-Tech Crack House

Posted May 13, 1999

— Johnston County investigators say they have shut down a crack house in Clayton equipped with surveillance cameras and weapons.

Neighbors in the Red Hill community told Johnston County authorities about the mobile home; authorities listened and proceeded with caution.

The alleged drug dealers had a high-tech hideout, according to detectives who confiscated cameras and video monitors that were strategically placed around the home.

"The fact that they had these television monitors and these cameras made it that much more dangerous. It gave them an earlier indication that law enforcement officers were coming," says one undercover agent.

Authorities also seized hundreds of dollars worth of cocaine and weapons, including three handguns and a high-powered rifle. Authorities say Johnston County is a pipeline for drug trafficking and this drug raid is only the beginning.

"I can tell you if you come to Johnston County and you've got drugs, you better find yourself an exit ramp to get out of here," says Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

Two suspected drug dealers have been arrested; officials believe several more have used the home and they say the investigation is not over.


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