Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently announced several arrests through a drug interdiction conducted Oct. 18.

During the 12-hour interdiction, officers made 40 traffic stops in areas throughout Franklin County, including Ferrum, Rocky Mount, Glade Hill and Burnt Chimney, according to the sheriff’s office.

The interdiction resulted in 26 traffic summonses, 12 drug charges, 17 misdemeanor arrests and six felony arrests, the sheriff’s office said. Charges included possession of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

A drug interdiction is a process by law enforcement to disrupt the drug trade, according to Capt. Phillip Young of the sheriff’s office.

“Officers usually work in an area, based on previous intelligence gathering, where drugs are known to be transported by vehicle,” Young said. “After developing probable cause to make a traffic stop, officers look for additional indicators to determine if drugs are in the vehicle.”

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