According to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, in 2019 there were quite a few people who were naughty when it came to illegal drug use – but a lot of those drugs are now off the streets and some of the dealers are behind bars.
According to newly released end-of-the year statistics from the Sheriff’s Department’s Specialized Enforcement Unit and the Vice/Narcotics Unit, a good deal of drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated over the past 12 months.
In 2019, the two units jointly seized just under $567,000. Some of those seized funds will be put to use for local law enforcement needs since federal forfeiture laws allow that.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Vice/ Narcotics unit closed out 51 cases during 2019, and, according to department officials, that unit is in the final stages of closing additional cases. Of the cases closed so far this year by that unit, 11 were in unincorporated Guilford County or in the small towns, 28 were in Greensboro and 12 were in High Point. In handling those cases, the Sheriff’s Department executed 43 search warrants.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Specialized Enforcement Unit confiscated the following this year:
- Marijuana – just over 2,100 pounds.
- THC Products / Vape oil/ Wax – 63 lbs.
- Heroin – 3.8 Kilos
- Methamphetamine – 72.6 lbs.
- Cocaine – 160.7 lbs.
- Psilocybin (Mushrooms) – 446 grams
- Codeine Syrup –122 grams
- Counterfeit Controlled Substance –100 lbs.
- Propofol – 50 ML
- Xanax – 10,375 dosage units
The Sheriff’s Department’s Vice/Narcotics Unit seized six vehicles and 40 guns – five of which had been reported stolen. Like the Specialized Enforcement Unit, the Vice/ Narcotics Unit also pulled in a good deal of drugs including the following:
- Cocaine – 36 Kilos
- Marijuana – 28 pounds
- Methamphetamine – 789 grams
- Molly (powder ecstasy) – 286 grams
- Heroin/Fentanyl – nearly 7 Kilos
- Ecstasy pills – 10
- Xanax powder – 590 grams
- Xanax pills – 33