North Carolina sheriff dubs county ‘drug hub’ of Southeast
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff targeted in a lawsuit seeking to block him from applying to help enforce immigration laws said he wants more officers to stop drug traffic he says is fueled by Mexican cartels.
News sources report Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson told county commissioners Monday that he needs 18 more officers in next year’s budget. In addition to rejoining a program which lets local agencies perform immigration enforcement, Johnson plans to rent county jail space to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house detainees being deported.
The sheriff’s office previously had an agreement with ICE. The Justice Department sued Johnson in 2012, saying his office routinely targeted and discriminated against Latinos.
A federal judge rejected the lawsuit, but Johnson’s office lost funding while it was removed from the program.