More than fifty drug dealers from the east have been convicted and are now behind bars serving time in federal prison following a multi-agency drug investigation.
Dubbed "Operation Cold Wind", members of the Wilson and Nash County Sheriffs' Offices teamed up with the SBI, Wilson police department, and the U. S. Attorney's office to launch a three year investigation into drug trafficking in the Wilson and Nash county areas.
Over $850,000 worth of drugs were seized, along with nearly half-a-million dollars in cash, and 35 guns.
Investigators say the drugs can be traced back to Mexican drug cartels, and that the cartels are using eastern North Carolina as a distribution point on an increasing basis.
Members of the task force say they're pleased with their results so far and the convictions, but they plan to continue investigating drug activity in the area.