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7 ex-NC law enforcement officers among 14 convicted in major drug sting

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Fourteen people, including seven ex-law enforcement officers, were convicted in a massive drug sting operation, officials told WNCN.

On April 13, 2015, federal prosecutors said then-active law enforcement agents were arrested in connection with a drug corruption scheme along the I-95 corridor of North Carolina.

The sting operation, also known as “Operation Rockfish,” exposed cocaine and heroin operations in Northhampton and Halifax counties.

“Undercover agents posed as members of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was responsible for introducing kilogram quantities of narcotics to be transported up the I-95 corridor,” the US Attorney said in a press release obtained by WNCN.

Officials said the defendants transported money and what they believed were drugs in exchange for bribes.

Authorities said the investigation grew as the original targets recruited other officials to join.

On Tuesday, nine of the 14 who were convicted pleaded guilty.

Those who were initially arrested included eight current or former officers who worked in North Carolina, three correctional officers, two Virginia prison employees and one North Carolina 911 dispatcher.

For a full list of charges visit WNCN.