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Major Drug Bust

Graham County detectives arrested 21 men and women of all ages Thursday in what Sheriff Mickey Anderson calls the biggest drug bust in the county's history.

"Prescription drugs are a problem for all of western North Carolina," said Sheriff Anderson. The majority of arrests were related to illegal prescription pill sales, but the sheriff says some charges are related to the sale of meth.

The drug arrest round-up also included assistance from the SBI and DEA. Because of so many arrests, deputies worked with other counties including Swain, Clay and Macon counties to house those arrested.

"It's a trade," said Cade Adams, a narcotics investigator for Graham county's sheriff's department. "Maybe someone's having a bad week and having to sell pills."

Sheriff Anderson brought in an officer from outside the county to conduct undercover buys.

"Nobody knew him in this county and we initiated it for several months," said Anderson.

Investigators say there could be more arrests in weeks to come. Their investigation they say, of illegal prescription drug sales in the county is ongoing.

by Kimberly King
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