Sevier deputies say "Happy Holidays" to criminals with narcotics operation

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) The Sevier County Sheriff is getting his Christmas gifts a few weeks late this year.

But it's suspects in his jail cells, not presents under his tree that he wants.

Bright and early Friday morning, Sevier, Jefferson, and Knox County deputies hit the roads, and then hit the doors of men and women wanted on drug charges in Sevier County.

Sheriff Ron Seals calls it "Operation: Happy Holidays." The goal, round up as many of the 43 wanted people as they can today, then get the rest over the next few weeks.

This morning, Volunteer TV Blount/Sevier Bureau Chief Stephen McLamb was on a ride-a-long with deputies as they served warrants at several Sevier County homes. But his wasn't the only team out and about in the county. Several teams were given a list of at least four suspects to find.

It's a culmination of a 4 month investigation, according to Seals, with an emphasis on finding marijuana, oxycontin, and crack cocaine dealers and users, and getting them off the streets.

All told, the 43 suspects they're hunting face 130 charges. Seals says the operation will continue beyond today with some more charges expected to follow in the coming months, including, but not limited to TennCare Fraud.

McLamb says his team hit four houses early in the morning, discovering two suspects. And in one house they found more stolen merchandise which may help clear more burglary cases in Sevier County.

Complete coverage from Stephen beginning on Volunteer TV News at noon.

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