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Dozens arrested in Haywood County drug bust

Haywood County's Unified Narcotics Investigative Team conducted a recent 3-week crackdown, which led to 29 felony arrests and 129 citations. Investigators confiscated meth, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. (Photo credit: Haywood County Sheriff's Office)

A drug bust in Haywood County leads to the arrest of dozens of suspects.

Haywood County's Unified Narcotics Investigative Team conducted a recent 3-week crackdown. They made 213 traffic stops in specific places all over the county.

It led to 29 felony arrests and 129 citations. Investigators confiscated meth, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. They said their intent is to stop dealers from getting drugs into the county and into the hands of addicts, which often in turn, they say, lead to other problems.

“If we can stem the flow of drugs, obviously the collateral damage that comes from that could slow as well, too, ... property damage, property crime, break-ins, burglaries and such,” Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes said.

Haynes said the ongoing opioid crisis in the county was a major motivation for the crackdown. He said a state report found Haywood County topped the list in the two months prior to this operation for opioid related emergency room visits.

“It was a very loud message that it sent,” he said.

Haynes said the crackdown worked. During the 3-week operation, he said there was a drastic drop in overdose calls.

Sheriff Greg Christopher believes the plan is to cut off the dealers.

“The ultimate goal is to stop the pipeline,” Haynes expalined.

Haynes said this bust was made with a lot of help from residents sending in tips.

Resident Randall Freeman applauds the effort to reduce drug activity. He said citizens getting information to authorities can make a big difference.

“It would help law enforcement to be able to cut down on it even more,” he said.

Haynes said more could come from this bust. "Any information derived from this operation would certainly be moved toward, parlayed into other larger investigations,” he explained.

If you have information about criminal or drug activity, you can easily and anonymously submit it to the sheriff's office through their community concern portal.


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