Fugitive roundup in Elizabeth City

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Police in Elizabeth City are getting tough on crime. Officers rounded up fugitives facing drug charges this week.

The roundup comes after a seven-month undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Double Down,” in which officers bought illegal drugs.

Police told WAVY News’ Ava Hurdle they had 21 people on their drug suspect list, and within an hour, they had half of the suspects in custody.

Photos: Fugitive roundup in Elizabeth City

John Arambo, was renovating a house across the street when he saw police arrive: ” I didn’t know what was going on. We were upstairs cleaning and looked up. There was a cop across the street. I looked out the window, and they were pulling a gentleman out of the house. I’m not sure what for.”

Officers said the aim of the drug sweep is to improve the town’s quality of life.

“We’ve had a lot of – in recent years – gang and gun related violence. We feel like what goes hand in hand with that is the sale of drugs to finance and facilitate what they’re doing. So that’s why we’re going after the people who are selling illegal narcotics,” said Captain John Young, Elizabeth City Police.

After learning why police made the arrest, Arambo gave his approval: “I think they’re doing a great job. I just wish they keep it up. Keep the streets safe for the kids around here. They deserve it.”

Police said during the roundup, they recovered a gun and marijuana. The investigation turned up pot, some heroin and prescription drugs that were sold illegally.

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