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Officials net 17 convictions in prescription drugs sting

In the aftermath of a law enforcement sting called Operation Pill Crusher, 17 North Carolina residents received convictions last week. Reportedly, the operation was conducted over a months-long period that originally netted more than 80 arrests. The 17 defendants convicted last week each made a plea of guilty to the drug charges. No further information was provided about the rest of the people the police originally arrested.

This past May, the district attorney and Carteret County law enforcement personnel announced the sting operation. They said the focus of Operation Pill Crusher centered on the diversion and illegal sale of prescription drugs. Reportedly, the sting also focused on violations involving other illegal drugs as well.

According to Carteret County sheriff, crimes of and related to illegal drug diversion are a major concern in Carteret County. The sheriff went on to say he was pleased with the final results of the operation, meaning the 17 convictions handed down last week. He also expressed gratitude to the detectives and the district attorney's office for their commitment to building criminal cases and prosecuting the defendants.

The convictions involved the sale and delivery of prescription drugs such as Oxycodone, Vicodin, Klonopin, Clonazepam, Lomotil and Hydrocodone. Some were also convicted of selling non-prescription drugs including cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin.

These recent convictions demonstrate the serious approach North Carolina officials take towards curtailing the illegal sale and distribution of drugs. Any citizen of our state who has been arrested on charges of criminal drug activity would benefit from the legal assistance a criminal defense attorney could provide.

Source: WBTW News 13, "17 convicted in NC "Operation Pill Crusher"" Brittany Gillikin, Oct. 22, 2014

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