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Multi-agency bust hits Red Springs drug, gun site

Posted May 30, 2008

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— Federal and local authorities, backed by National Guard air support, raided a rural site early Friday where police said drugs, guns and stolen goods had been received and sold for as long as 20 years.

Red Springs Police Chief Troy McDuffie said the 6:30 a.m. raid took place at a collection of mobile homes and outbuildings on Johnson Road known as the "Compound." The rural site is surrounded by fields of corn and hay.

"We consider it a major player, not just in the Red Springs area but in surrounding counties," McDuffie said.

The "Compound" distributed large quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana, sold illegal firearms and fenced stolen property for years, he said.

A man who lived nearby said drugs and prostitutes were readily available at the site.

"Whatever you wanted, they sold it," said the man, who asked not to be identified to protect his family's safety. He noted, "Those people are mean."

Authorities had arrested nine people by mid-afternoon, including six at the "Compound." Several sites in the Parkton community and in Cumberland County also were raided in the operation, which was code-named "Hot Soup," McDuffie said.

The names of those arrested weren't released, and the warrants detailing the charges against them remained sealed under a court order until at least next week, he said.

Authorities also didn't release details of what was found during the raid.

"Hot Soup" was the result of a yearlong joint operation between the Red Springs Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, McDuffie said.

More than 100 law enforcement officers took part in the operation, including deputies from Cumberland and Hoke counties and Fayetteville police officers.

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  • Chevelle Mackaroy May 30, 2008

    "BTW...I'm sitting in my office right now at my meaningless job. Same job that provides me with income that is taxed to pay the salaries of those LEOs that commit these crimesor allow these crimes to take place."

    Dont even use that excuse...if you did the math about $20 or less of your tax money goes into a cops salary. I hear it all the time and it is lame.

  • Metical May 30, 2008

    http://wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/2965787/

    Interesting...looks like a systemic problem in the context of this story.

    BTW...I'm sitting in my office right now at my meaningless job. Same job that provides me with income that is taxed to pay the salaries of those LEOs that commit these crimesor allow these crimes to take place.

  • BarnRat May 30, 2008

    When are they going to raid Person County? Please don't let it take 20 years!

  • richard2 May 30, 2008

    why did it take 20 years?

  • Wags May 30, 2008

    Dear God, I am on my knees, thanking you for having access to Chevelle's demetia...and left over perscription medication that he has neglected to take.

  • amlebede May 30, 2008

    I guess the drug dealers refused to pay the bribes.

  • davidgnews May 30, 2008

    "Federal and local authorities, backed by National Guard air support, raided a rural site early Friday where police said drugs, guns and stolen goods had been received and sold for as long as 20 years."

    Are you kiddin' me? What took them 20years to bring this down, payoffs ?

  • EKS has gone rogue May 30, 2008

    Most LEOs do a great job but there that few that give them a bad name. For this operation to go on for 20 years they had someone looking out for them. Simple and plain speaking some cop or other government official was on payroll.

  • kingmike May 30, 2008

    I think Chevette Ma"crack"avoy, made one to many trips to "the compound" and I don't think it was to buy rocket launchers or hand grenades.

  • Chevelle Mackaroy May 30, 2008

    You minions should get down on your knees and thank the almighty God above that you have access to my demetia. My name is Chevelle Mackaroy!

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