17 People Charged In Operation Crack Down

Erica Wood (left) is led away from her N. Sharpe Street home by Selma Police Detective J. Bass early Wednesday morning. Wood was among 17 suspects charged in Operation Crack Down.

More than two dozen law enforcement officers began rounding up suspected street level drug dealers early this morning (Wednesday).

Selma Police Chief R.A. Cooper said the 7 month undercover investigation, nicknamed Operation Crack Down, is an effort to rid the Town of Selma of illegal drugs.

“Anytime you can get drugs and dealers off the streets it makes the community a lot safer,” Chief Cooper said.

Erica Wood is searched by a Selma police officer before being placed in a patrol car.

The Smithfield Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and NC Probation and Parole assisted Selma Police with the roundup.

Among those arrested was Erica Wood who was awakened at her North Sharpe Street home by a team of officers including a K-9 handler.  Asked by a WTSB News reporter what she thought about Selma Police working to rid the community of drug dealers, Wood replied, “I don’t give a f**k. As long as it’s not me and my kids I don’t care.”

(Left to right) Eddie Atkinson of Brevard Street and David Lucas of Azalea Court, Selma await processing on felony drug charges at the Selma Police Department following their arrests this morning in Operation Crack Down.

Wood was one of the 17 alleged street level drug dealers identified by Selma Police in Operation Crack Down.  Two of the 17 suspects are currently on probation.

By Wednesday afternoon, more than half of the suspects had been arrested and taken to the Johnston County Jail.