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$800K in illegal drugs seized in major sting

Posted April 20, 2010

Federal investigators seized more than $800,000 worth of illegal drugs, and approximately 50 people from Nash and Wilson counties have been sentenced to federal prison in a major drug trafficking sting called Operation Cold Wind, authorities announced Tuesday.

Agents also seized nearly $500,000 in cash, 35 firearms and three vehicles during the three-year investigation, U.S. Attorney George Holding said at a news conference in Wilson.

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"A clear message to drug dealers has been sent that, if they decide to ply their trade here in this judicial district, they can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Holding said.

The investigation involved the movement of crack cocaine and powdered cocaine into Nash and Wilson counties, where it was then distributed to mid-level narcotics traffickers.

Holding said the bust ties into to several recent investigations focused on Mexican drug cartels trafficking drugs through Eastern North Carolina with a focus on areas near Interstates 95 and 40.

"Eastern North Carolina is becoming a trans-shipment point of drugs coming over the border from Mexico because of our interstate system," he said.

Authorities said Tuesday that operations like Cold Win make a serious dent in nationwide trafficking from Mexico, and have a major impact in local communities.


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  • luckyladybug238 Apr 21, 2010

    Way to go Sheriff Gay...I'm still voting for Calvin Woodard. Took you 3 years too long for this bust. He has SBI ties..he coulda had this done in 3 months.

  • Alexia.1 Apr 20, 2010

    "A clear message has been sent..."

    yeah, yeah... as it is sent over, and over, and over, and over again.

    As long as drugs are illegal, prices will be high and there will be people trying to sell them. Really, did we not learn anything from prohibition?

    While I'm not favorable to drug sales, I think regulating and taxing the business is likely the best outcome. Otherwise, our society will continue to have crime problems.

  • moth Apr 20, 2010

    If I had just a nickel for every one of these stupid drug busts I would be so wealthy.

  • coolwill43 Apr 20, 2010

    If drugs and illegal immigrants can get across the border what else can. thank you congress.

  • gandalla Apr 20, 2010

    oh la eme is going to be upset about this. I predict there will be an increase in violence at the hands of la eme over this.

  • wattsun Apr 20, 2010

    Make sense.Election time for sheriff is coming up in Wilson County

  • mentalgoose Apr 20, 2010

    Maybe "They" can take the $800K worth of drugs, sell them, and use the profits to pay down some of our state deficit. Then the State wouldn't have to try to get back taxes from online purchases made through Amazon.com.

  • EasyGoer Apr 20, 2010

    I wonder if they confiscated any weed?

  • froggytroat Apr 20, 2010

    >>Drugs is a money making racket for drug dealers, law enforcement and the government. Do you really think they want to end drugs ?

    Don't forget the privatization of the prison industrial complex...

  • rjacks20 Apr 20, 2010

    Law enforcement (at least street/local level) are doing everything they can to rid the streets of illegal drugs. The problem is that as long as there is demand then it will find it's way into this country.