HICKORY, NC (WBTV)- A seven month long undercover sting operation in Hickory has led to federal indictments against 19 people and state charges against 9 others. All the charges relate to guns or drugs or both.
"Some of the people may face life in prison if convicted," said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins.
The goal of the investigation was to reduce gun violence that often comes with illegal drugs.
Federal investigators would not give details of the operation itself but the cases were built over a long period of time, they said on Tuesday.
Those arrested were considered "street level" offenders, said one agent. Suspects were taken to the Hickory Police Department with those facing federal charges being transported in groups to Federal Court in Charlotte for an appearance before a judge.