Crime

Arrest sweep follows 3-month Clayton undercover drug investigation

Amy Gray Oneal, 37, was among 19 people arrested by Clayton police in an Oct. 18, 2017, sweep that followed a drug investigation.
Amy Gray Oneal, 37, was among 19 people arrested by Clayton police in an Oct. 18, 2017, sweep that followed a drug investigation. Clayton Police Department

Police arrested 19 people and were looking for eight more after an arrest sweep that capped a three-month undercover investigation the cops called Operation Hailstorm.

The arrests were made Wednesday morning, and the charges for possession and distribution were mostly for cocaine or marijuana.

Those charged ranged in age from 17 to 61. There were 17 men and two women.

Police said they worked with Johnston County sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Selma and Smithfield police departments during the investigation.

“The streets are going to be a lot quieter this weekend,” Clayton Police Chief Blair Myhand said after the arrests.

Police showed thousands of dollars confiscated during the sweep.

Bail for the suspects ranged from $15,000 for a man charged with one count of conspiracy to $1 million for a man accused of trafficking in drugs from the category that includes heroin and opium.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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