Major FBI bust in Union Co nets 19 plus UTPD cop for drugs, gambling, & stolen prop
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Law enforcement officers have been working throughout the night to arrest more suspects after a Union County drug related corruption case.
At least 40 people have been brought in for drug trafficking, illegal gambling and stealing property, including two former public officials.
WVLT was there for the bust and talked to those in Maynardville who are glad to finally see some arrests made.
Cars usually fill this parking lot, but Tuesday more than 30 criminals were handcuffed, booked and charged with drug related crimes.
Hunter Mayfield says, "It's pretty surprising."
Maynardville resident Michael Dyke says, "It's about time. I'm glad to see it happen."
Former University of Tennessee Police Officer, 40-year-old Dylan Boyd Devault was arrested.
And so was former Union County constable 52-year-old John "Moon" Hubbs.
Other suspects were brought inside yellow crime tape to face charges.
Maynardville worker Archie Wilson says, "I feel like it makes the county a safer place."
But these officers didn't release any specific charges, but neighbors are just glad they're off the street.
Dyke says, "I've got two boys coming up. I don't want them growing up and thinking that's a way of life."
A way of life police say these suspects know too well, and one the community isn't a stranger to either.
Wilson says, "I think it's a state problem and a national problem."
Dyke says, "I don't think it's just in East Tennessee. It's all over the country."
But many in Maynardville hope this crackdown doesn't stop here.
Wilson says, "I hope the judicial system does its job as well our law enforcment officers doing their job."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Authorities say 15 more people have been arrested on drug-related and other charges after state indictments were returned in Union County, Tenn. That followed the arrest of nearly 20 people earlier in the day.
The FBI said in a news release Tuesday that they are charged with drug trafficking, illegal gaming and dealing in stolen property.
Agents said among those arrested was 40-year-old Dylan Boyd Devault of Luttrell, a former University of Tennessee police officer and another man who was a constable with the Union County Sheriff's Office.
The FBI said the arrests culminated a long-term, multi-agency undercover investigation.
The fifteen rounded up in phase two of the operation include:
Earlier Tuesday, 19 were arrested without incident. Most were from Maynardville, Tenn.