ATV's loaded up as part of drug sweep through Grainger Co. (Courtesy: Grainger Co. Sheriff's Office)
GRAINGER CO., Tenn. (WVLT) -- A two-day drug sweep in Grainger Co. turned up no evidence of of outdoor marijuana being manufactured or cultivated, the Sheriff's Dept. announced, but it did result in dozens of indictments.
The sweep was part of the Sheriff's Office's continued project: Take Back Grainger. It was conducted by ERAD, which consisted of members of the DEA, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and TBI and is supervised by the alcohol and beverage commission.
In all ten members of the team used SUVs and ATVs to conduct the sweep with the assistance of the helicopter.
"We are utilizing every resource available to our county whether it be through undercover operations, K9 teams, air support, and ground units specially trained in locating and prosecuting those individuals who choose to manufacture and sell illicit drugs," said Sheriff Scott Layel.
While they found no marijuana growing outside, Layel called the intelligence gathered by the team "vital" and said it has been turned over to the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force.
In phase two of the "Take Back Grainger" project, 86 sealed indictments were handed down by a Grainger Co. Grand Jury, the sheriff's office said.
Officials said eight suspects have been arrested so far. Those rounded up so far include: Rubin Tommy Foster, Beulah Dugger, Dwight Dugger, Misty Bowlin, Tricia Middleton, Shawn Middleton, Susan Looney, and Timothy Lucas Bewley.