Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sort of ATF Work that Even the NRA Supports

"8 men arrested on drug trafficking, gun charges."

Eight Gaston County men have been arrested on multiple drug trafficking and gun charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday.

Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as officers with the Gaston County and Bessemer City police departments arrested the men during an early morning sweep on Monday, said Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing joint law enforcement effort focused on reducing drug trafficking and violent crime in Gaston County, with special emphasis on the Vantine neighborhood, authorities said.

A 60-count criminal bill of indictment against the defendants was returned by a Charlotte grand jury on Sept. 18. Portions of the indictment were unsealed Monday after the arrests.

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