Edgecombe County Targeted In Mexican Drug Cartel Raid

The largest single strike at the Mexican drug cartel is how Attorney General Eric Holder describes a nationwide raid the past two days, including here in eastern Carolina.

The SBI Special Response Team and federal agents moved in Wednesday near Tarboro on Highway 33 North in Edgecombe County.

One person was arrested in Edgecombe County, 300 people in all nationwide.

Holder says the arrests were aimed at the U.S. operations of the La Familia cartel, which is the newest and most violent of Mexico's five drug cartels. One North Carolina DEA agent says the cartels have a strong reach into eastern Carolina.

More than 3,000 federal agents and police officers made the arrests in more than a dozen states.

The DEA says over the past year they've seized 167 kilos of cocaine, 15 pounds of meth and more than 1.7 million dollars.

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  • by IKnow Location: Tarboro on Oct 26, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    the area of the happening was Jerry Dixon's Trailer Park this is a well know drug area and more things like this need to happen to keep a safe neighborhood!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Tarboro on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    The Edgecombe CO Sherriff's Dept. does a GREAT job. If the INS would do there job and find and deport ILLEGALS the Sheriff's dept could get a lot more done. You can arrest them but the polticians want let them deport them. Wana do something, vote for a poltician that will get the INS in here and do THERE job.9 out 0f 10 on the road have no insurance or no license. Ask any statetrooper,they will tell you there hands are tied. So who is the biggest crook? Look who you voted for!I support the N.C.S.A. so should everyone in Edgecombe CO.
  • by Les is blind on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    yeah, les possibly you should read the entire article, and watch the video carefully before you go bashing ECSO! They were there, and had the help of DEA and SBI to take this guy down, because of the level of threat he was/is. Without ECSO no one would have been captured, so thanks to all involved. I appreciate you risking your lives for us all on a daily basis. Some people need to learn some respect. Just because the Sheriff is worthless, it doesn't mean that everyone else that works for the office is, and you will do well to remember that!
  • by tammy Location: tarboro on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Where on Highway 33??? near Tarboro?
  • by hey les on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    If you looked at the video, you would see that the Edgecombe Co Sheriff's office were there. Also The FBI was not involved at all. In this area it was a mixture of ECSO, DEA, SBI that made this arrest. Keep up the good work, cooperation among all agencies is what it takes to bring this problem under control.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    How many of these drug dealers are illegal? If they are illegal why are they still here? Are we supporting any of their childern in Community Colleges?
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    You reap what you sew! ILLEGALS are here and everyone is to PC to do something.
  • by Edgecombe Ct. Grandmother on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    This problem is so "BIG". I have sat in a fast food restaurant and witnessed the drug traffic outside. I have three precious grandchildren that go to the public schools of Edgecombe County. That drug traffic was within the site of the school they attend. I do talk to them about the danger that is just a few steps away from them. They have also witness the terrible results of "drugs" in our family. The only hope is with prayer, God's blessings and family leadership to deter this terrilbe problem. It has become too "Big" for society to handle without God"s blessing. I also thank the law enforcement that risk their life each day. I fear for all us. The crossfire of drugs are within the reach of anyone today. Wrong place at the right time. How many think about death is outside of the local "fastfood" that we stop at for breakfast on the way to school.
  • by worried Location: Belhaven on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    Okay, La Familia cartel? Is that a branch of Los Zetas, who I thought I were the most violent latin cartel? This makes news now and why? Drug trafficking has been going on for a long time, yes worse probably in recent years, but it is our fault for not protecting our borders, changing or making stiffer laws and penalities for illegal border crossings. WITN, I ask you guys....to really research more about this, and all the outcomes, maybe it is then more people will become outraged that this is taking place, and demand imediate action, NOT A SLAP ON THE HAND.
  • by Les Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    I didnt see anything where they said edgcombe county sherrifs department had anything to do with this. SBI and FBI are not the edgecombe county sherrifs dept. Wonder how many more cases in edgecombe county the FBI will have to get involved with.
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