Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested 35 people Friday in “Operation Ice Breaker,” a countywide drug roundup.
Vice-narcotics agents set out to arrest 61 people on outstanding drug warrants and serve one search warrant, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. The operation got underway at 7 a.m.
According to agents with the sheriff’s office, approximately one-third of the individuals sought out in the operation are allegedly involved in heroin.
At least six individuals could qualify under the habitual felon act.
Detectives and the sheriff’s office SWAT team started Friday morning with the execution of a search warrant on Cumbee Road in Supply. The suspect–43-year-old Stephen A. Gore–was wanted on felony possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, felony selling and delivering a schedule III controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to warrants, Gore is charged with possessing Suboxone and foil wrappers.
Gore has been convicted of eight felonies including habitual felon, selling a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a place for a schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance, receiving a stolen vehicle and forgery, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.
He has also been convicted of more than 20 misdemeanors. Gore’s most recent conviction was May 21, 2008. He was released from prison on May 13, 2013. Gore was also charged with felony possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after his arrest Friday. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $15,000 secured bond.
Drug agents seized cocaine, marijuana, various prescription medications and trace amounts of heroin. More than 50 officers were involved in the operation from five different law enforcement agencies, including Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Navassa, Leland and Boiling Spring Lakes police departments.