Seven suspects behind bars after six-month drug investigation

PAMLICO COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A six month drug investigation has landed seven suspects behind bars.

The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office says the suspects are accused of trafficking heroin crystal meth in Pamlico County and throughout the east.

Deputies arrested the following suspects:

Michael Leary, 36, from Cove City
Thomas Leroy, 49, from New Bern
William Swain, 35, from New Bern
Bryan Ward, 47, from Arapahoe
Catherine Ireland, 34, from New Bern
Thomas Tanner, 46, from New Bern
Julie Jones, 38, from New Bern

Deputies say the suspects were arrested and charged after controlled drug buys from undercover agents. They were also nabbed on traffic stops and complaints from people in the area.