Drugs seized during a three-day enforcement campaign on I-40 and U.S. 13 included 13 pounds of marijuana and 5,000 Xanax.
Sampson County serves as a pass-through for major drug trafficking in North Carolina and along the East Coast, evident by the vast number of drug seizures made in recent years. Local authorities know that and, in an attempt to further curb illegal activity, teamed up this past week with other agencies to crack down on two routes in particular — Interstate 40 and U.S. 13.
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Team hosted a multi-agency campaign on I-40 and U.S. 13, which “proactively targeted criminal activity through motor vehicle enforcement,” sheriff’s officials said. Deemed “Operation Interception,” the campaign was conducted from Monday, Sept. 18, through Wednesday, Sept. 20, with the assistance Harnett County, Duplin County and Guilford County sheriff’s offices, as well as Dunn, High Point and Thomasville police departments.
Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thornton thanked those agencies as well as his department, and noted the success of curbing drug trafficking and cracking