PITTSBORO — Working under a 2012 state law that makes transporting more than 25 pounds of copper illegal except under certain conditions and other metal-recycling statutes, the Chatham County Sheriffs Office has arrested 10 people and sworn out arrest warrants for 37 more, deputies said.
The charges capped a two-year-investigation that involved Chatham deputies, state Division of Motor Vehicles agents, deputies from Alamance, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties and Siler City police, Maj. Gary Blankenship said in a statement Tuesday.
Nine of the 10 taken into custody were charged with copper-transportation violations.
One was charged with making prohibited transactions in metal, including purchasing a highway guard rail, Blankenship said.
All 10 were booked, and eight were released under bails ranging from $500 to $1,500, and two were released on written promises to appear, the statement said.