CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Warrants have been issued for 100 people in connection with a drug bust in Catawba County Wednesday morning.
The charges range from drug possession to the sale of drugs including methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and opioids. Officials said the undercover operation, known as "100 Proof," was over a span of six months.
Officials said 29 people who were served with warrants were already in jail on other charges.
The suspects came from all walks of life, and all ages. One woman who was woken up by deputies is the wife of a city councilman in Maiden, said Sheriff Coy Reid. He said she is accused of selling Oxycontin pills to undercover officers.
As she was taken to jail, WBTV asked her if she had done what authorities say she did. She replied, "No!"
Reid says opioid pill abuse has risen quite a bit in recent years and many of the suspects in this roundup are accused of selling them.
"They can get anywhere from 10 to 30 dollars a pill," Reid said.
Because there is so much money to be made, he thinks the problem could keep growing. By mid-afternoon, dozens of suspects had been taken into custody.
Roundups of drug suspects happen about every six months in Catawba County. Reid said undercover officers are already building cases for the next sweep of suspects, though he could not give a timetable as to when that might happen.
He did, however, have a warning for people involved in the illegal drug trade: "If you haven't been caught yet, you better stop - because you will be caught."