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8 Men Arrested In NC On Drug, Weapons Charges

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eight Gaston County men have been arrested on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as officers with the Gaston County and Bessemer City police departments arrested the men during an early morning roundup Monday.

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says the arrests were part of a joint law enforcement effort to reduce drug trafficking and violent crime in Gaston County.

Officers seized five handguns, two rifles, money, a vehicle, drugs and drug-making equipment.

The men made a first appearance in U.S. District Court in Charlotte on Monday. They have detention hearings scheduled Thursday.

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