"Operation Crushing Nuisance" puts away suspected drug lords

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins announced this morning that law enforcement is on the ground arresting and actively seeking nearly 40 of the county's worst drug dealers and probation violators.

Evidence has been gathered for nearly a year in this investigation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in money, drugs, vehicles and property has been collected in several search warrants and presented as evidence to a Campbell County Grand Jury. Dubbed "Operation Crushing Nuisance" is a nearly year-long undercover drug investigation by Sheriff's drug investigators, the District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Jellico Police Department.

A Campbell County Grand Jury met last week hearing criminal evidence against these individuals who have made decisions to pollute our community with drugs, and returned true bill indictments.

"These investigations, indictments and arrests are products of citizen concerns, undercover investigations and a committed decision by law enforcement to hold these people accountable as many times as it takes, for as long as it takes. I have made it clear from day one that we will fight the illegal drug system, the pill mills and careless and reckless prescription dispensing where ever it takes us and to whom ever we need to investigate, arrest and prosecute. After receiving concerned citizen reports, along with our own intelligence, we started the nearly year-long tedious undercover operations that have yielded these indictments and arrest’s on specific individual’s today." said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins.

"The Campbell County citizens and I have more resolve and patience than these drug dealers that make the choice to help ruin the very fibers that our county and communities are built strong on. By listening to one another and working together, today is the greatest of the end result and proof that the product of our working relationships are our best decision for all of our Campbell County families and it's children. We will continue to do this together and listen when our citizens speak. We have to extend our appreciation and thanks to the District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug Task Force, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lafollette Police Department, Jellico Police Department, Clinton Police Department and the Jacksboro Police Department for their assistance and ongoing concern." concluded Sheriff Goins.

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