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Operation N.C. Gateway stings Brunswick's former sheriff in early 80s

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Ronald Hewett’s suspension as Brunswick County Sheriff is not a first for Brunswick County.

More than 20 years ago, former Brunswick County Sheriff Herman Strong was ousted, opening the door for an eager young law enforcement officer named Ronald Hewett.

In July 1983, the walls surrounding a drug-smuggling operation in Brunswick County came crumbling down as more than a dozen people were convicted or pleaded guilty for their roles in the smuggling operation.


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