More than 100 arrested in Johnston County drug bust

Video and article: Drug Bust By Bryan Mims, WRAL anchor/reporter & Hannah Webster, WRAL.com editor Johnston County, N.C. — More than 100 people have been arrested after a yearlong drug investigation in Johnston County, according to authorities. The suspects appeared in a Smithfield courtroom before Judge Jim Love on Wednesday to hear the charges against them. The enforcement campaign, called Operation JoCo Justice, targeted accused drug dealers in Smithfield, Selma, Four Oaks and other communities in Johnston County. More than 60 law officers gathered early Tuesday morning to begin arresting the suspects. Charges include manufacturing and selling cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills. The Smithfield police captain said his department had about 40 warrants for arrest. Selma police had around the same number of arrests. Many of the charges are felonies, each carrying two to four years in prison. The Johnston County Sheriff's Office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshall's Office have also been involved in the operation. The hearing, which will stretch well into the afternoon, is the culmination of the year-long investigation.