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Originally published: 2013-10-02 15:03:57
Last modified: 2013-10-02 15:04:42

‘Operation Wild Fire’ nets 14 arrests

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As of presstime, 14 arrests have now come from Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Municipal Drug Task Force’s “Operation Wild Fire,” and more arrests are on the way, according to Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye, who contacted local media about the start of the extensive drug round up in the early morning hours of Sept. 27.

Frye wrote in an email, “At approximately 5:30 a.m. today (Sept. 27), Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Municipal Drug Task Force, with assistance from local police departments, began an extensive drug round up. ‘Operation Wild Fire’ is the culmination of months of various drug investigations. There are approximately 20 felony warrants to be served and arrests will continue throughout the morning and afternoon.

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