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60 arrested in drug crackdown

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GRAHAM, N.C. – The Alamance County Sheriff arrested nearly 60 people on more than 300 felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges.

The arrests were all a part of an investigation called Operation Snowflake, which started back in 2007 to arrest mid-level drug dealers in Alamance County. Sheriff Terry Johnson said deputies were able to make the arrests with the help of the community.

Authorities began serving nearly 25 of the nearly 60 drug-related warrants Wednesday morning in an effort to stem the tide of drug activity in the county.

“It is an ideal location for narcotics to be brought from Mexico and other parts of the country and brought to Alamance County for further distribution,” Johnson said.

Officers served warrants for more than 200 felony and 96 misdemeanor drug charges in the operation.

“We're hoping today that this will have an impact on our street-level dealers here in Alamance County,” Johnson said. “Plus, we have gained a mass intelligence to the other areas of drug traffic in our county to these individuals and other counties.”

Johnson said none of the arrests would be possible without the help and tips from people living in Alamance County.

“It is so important that the citizens get involved. We don't care if you give us your name when you call, just give us the information," Johnson said. "It's our job to find out if the information you have given us is, in fact, true."

The talk on the streets in Graham's town square Wednesday was about the arrests. Many said they're happy with the results they're seeing.

“It needs to be done in this county because I hate to see all these drugs coming in and people using it or children using it, or they're selling it to other people and we really need to get rid of it,” Jeanette Isley, a Belmont resident, said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police say there are seven suspects they've not been able to locate. They do expect more charges to be filed.

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