A massive investigation spearheaded by federal investigators and announced by a United States Attorney always makes for good press releases. Another large-scale, multi-year, joint-agency investigation in the dogged war against drugs has resulted in 17 people being arrested on drug charges in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. This project involves methamphetamine and its manufacture and distribution in the region. The announcement by the United States Attorney for the Western District was joined by the federal ATF agency and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, along with several county Sheriffs. The charges included conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
Sometimes stopping a vehicle can be a part of a planned drug operation. It's generally not how drug charges are usually initiated in North Carolina, but occasionally the police will pull over a vehicle that they have probable cause to believe is transporting illegal drugs. However, such activity raises the usual issues about the necessity for arrest and search warrants and the validity of the procedures used.