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Originally published: 2013-10-09 12:39:23
Last modified: 2013-10-09 12:40:08

'Operation Wild Fire' continues arrests

Caroline Harris / (

One more arrest has been made in the Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Municipal Drug Task Force’s “Operation Wild Fire,” according to Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye. Gregory Harris was arrested on drug-related charges on Oct. 1.

Harris, 24, of 336 Dark Hollow Road, Elk Park, was arrested for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance.

In the early hours of Sept. 27, a roundup of individuals suspected of drug-related crimes resulted in the arrest of 14. Of the 20 suspects netted by the operation, four still have outstanding warrants against them, according to Frye. The success of “Operation Wild Fire” is due to months of preparation, according to Frye.

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