Red Springs police target drug dealers in arrest sweep
Posted June 2, 2014
Red Springs, N.C. — Red Springs police planned to arrest about 100 people Monday in a major drug and warrant violation operation.
Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said officers have spent the past four months making undercover drug buys from street-level dealers to bring them in.
He said officers and detectives have gone door-to-door asking residents what the department can do to make the community safer.
"Four or five years ago, we had citizens that were sleeping in their bathtubs because of rapid gunfire in the area," Patterson said. "Now, we want them to come out and enjoy the summer."
Officers expect make 18 to 25 drug arrests and bring in another 75 suspects who have outstanding warrants on a variety of charges, such as breaking and entering and robbery.