"Operation Revolving Door" nets dozens of arrests

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Suspects snared in Sevier County's "Operation Revolving Door" got booked into the county jail. They were indicted after an six month undercover sting targeting exploding pain pill trafficking.

"Oh good deal. I'm glad," said Keith Porter.

Said John Parson, "I'm happy to see law enforcement enforcing the laws."

Deputies worked with Severville's SWAT team to fan out early Thursday, surprising some in shorts and t-shirts.

"Prescription narcotic use and abuse is a big problem here in Sevier County," Porter said. Another woman agreed. "Where I work, I see that it is a major problem," said Christine Canova.

Evident by hydrocodone pills seized during the bust. Cops also found nearly a thousand dollars in cold hard cash on one person.

Officers show up to pick up the warrants, then hit the streets looking for suspects. Once they're brought to jail, they get fingerprinted. And the last stop before a cell is a mugshot.

"Yes sir, very pleased, very pleased to see the effort," said Porter.

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