Federal authorities arrested 13 current or former law enforcement officers in Eastern North Carolina on Thursday morning, on suspicion that they were conspiring to use their badge and firearm to protect cocaine and heroin shipments to Maryland and South Carolina.
After a two-year undercover investigation, agents swept the Halifax Northampton Regional Airport and a warehouse in Rocky Mount, and arrested 15 people who were waiting for drug shipments, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker.
The suspects, charged in a 54-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, include seven and current former Northampton County Sheriff’s deputies, three North Carolina Department of Public Safety corrections officers, one Windsor County City Police officer and one Northampton County emergency dispatcher. They are all charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances and conspiring to use and carry firearms in relation to drug trafficking offenses.
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