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Operation Clean Sweep targets wanted felons

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today several state and federal agencies served 50 warrants and arrested 35 people in New Hanover County for drug-related crimes.

The Sheriff’s Office says it has been working on Operation Clean Sweep for more than 10 months now.

Twelve of the arrests were federal indictments for gang-related activity.

Sheriff Ed McMahon says this will only lead to more arrests.

“We are going to win. We are not going to stop. We are going to get the drug dealers. We are going to get the people that are involved with gangs. We are going to arrest them,” Sheriff McMahon said. “These 12 federal indictments, these individuals will get a lot longer of a sentence than anything by the state.”

McMahon says they plan on getting all of the guys on their list.


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