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Operation Strike Force nets drug, fugitive arrests in Pee Dee

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Officials say more than 2,000 traffic stops netted thousands of dollars in illegal drugs during the 6th annual Operation Strike Force initiative in Florence County.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone says during the operation, a team of 130 officers seized 27 pounds of cloned marijuana, 5,700 Oxycodone pills and recovered eight illegal firearms. The estimated combined street value of drugs seized in the operation amounted to $460,000.

"The ultimate goal of Operation Strike Force is to make the interstate highways safer," Boone commented Friday.

Officials add throughout the duration of the operation, a single traffic stop led police on a 10-mile pursuit on Interstate 95 and the discovery of a meth lab. Stolen vehicles, numerous marijuana seizures and the confiscation of $35,345 in drug-related money comprised several highlights of the operation.

In addition to drug seizures, officers made numerous charges for driving under the influence, driving under suspension and other moving violations. Seven fugitives from other states were also apprehended and 52 arrests were made. 

"Successful initiatives like Operation Strike Force are only possible with the combined cooperative effort of like-minded law enforcement agencies such as those participating with us this week," Boone said. "No single agency has the resources to focus so intently on traffic violations or combat the drug threat we face daily."

More than 20 various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies assisted the Florence County Sheriff's Office in their efforts.

Operation Strike Force began on Monday and ended Thursday at midnight.

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