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Operation Witches Brew Sweeps Up Meth Trade

Nearly 50 people are behind bars in Ashe County on methamphetamine charges following a joint investigation and arrests by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

Operation Witches Brew targeted “smurfers,” those who buy the products to make methamphetamine, and the “cookers,” the ones who make this highly addictive stimulant drug.

“For the past two years, we have been conducting investigations and making arrests, and today’s arrests are the largest meth round-up ever in this county,” Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said. “We tried to get as many as possible to sweep with a broom at one time to get a better chance of shutting these operations down.”

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