Investigators wrap major drug probe

April 20, 2010 8:40:33 AM PDT
United States Attorney George E.B. Holding said Tuesday that federal investigators have wrapped up Operation Cold Wind - a major drug probe that's lasted years and netted dozens of arrests.

In addition to Holding's office, the Nash County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, and the Wilson Police Department all took part.

To date, agents have seized $853,538 worth of illegal narcotics and $462,683 in US currency in Nash and Wilson Counties. Thirty-five firearms and three vehicles were also taken during the operation.

"I want to thank each of the agencies involved for the crucial role that they played in this important effort. 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," commented Mr. Holding in a prepared statement. "This case is a prime example of the significant accomplishments that local law enforcement agencies can achieve when they work hand in hand to defeat the drug traffickers that plague their jurisdictions. The United States Attorney's Office is proud to have played a part in a seamless and selfless investigation conducted by these agencies."

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