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Operations target drug trafficking

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has helped to seize more than $20 million worth of narcotics and has a case clearance rate more than twice the national average during the first seven months of 2018, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office released a report this week citing the progress it has made so far this year through the efforts of the Patrol Division, and Highway Interdiction Team and the Tar River Regional Task Force, which is formed though the combination of several law enforcement agencies.

“Sheriff Keith Stone would like to thank our federal partners FBI, DEA, ICE and Homeland Security for strong partnerships and providing resources to make Nash County a safer place to live. This collaboration has created prosecutable cases against individuals responsible for deteriorating our community and the safety of our loved ones,” Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a press release.

The report consisted of a snapshot of the work the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Tar River Task Force accomplished this year between Jan. and July 31.

During that time, the patrol division of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office fielded 15,698 calls for service and made 2,150 arrests, including more than 1,000 felony arrests, resulting in more than 2,500 charges.

During the seven month-period, 745 cases were assigned to investigations. Of those, 166 were cleared because they were considered unfounded and another 326 were cleared by arrests, a clearance percentage of 66.4 percent, the report stated. This figure is more than double the national clearance percentage of 31.03 percent, Medina said.

The Tar River Task Force has seized narcotics with a street value of more than $19,860,558, which when added to the $63,696 seized by the Patrol Division and another $487,607 seized by the Highway Interdiction Team, resulted in more than $20,000,000 in value.

During the time period, the patrol division also seized $121,318 in cash and the Highway Interdiction Team seized another $849,626, which when added to the $47,173 seized by the Tar River Task Force totals more than $1 million in cash seizures. This cash provided more than $229,000 in federal asset revenue and more than $40,000 in state asset revenue.

For more details, please see the attached snapshot online.

“Sheriff Keith Stone wants to thank the public for entrusting him along with the men and women of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to identify and address issues while improving the quality of life in Nash County,” the release said.

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