MUGSHOTS: Claiborne officers roundup up suspects in massive drug sting

TAZWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A major drug sweep in Claiborne County continued into Friday night.

More than a dozen of 55 suspected drug dealers were nabbed in a roundup Friday morning.

Volunteer TV cameras were invited along as Claiborne County Deputies, other local police departments, and various task forces worked together to make the arrest.

Authorities kept this raid a secret, and they didn't even take the information to a grand jury for indictments before they sought out suspects.

Deputies say the investigations stem from undercover drug sales of items like Oxycontin and Hydrocodone to meth and heroin.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says, "For the community it's a message. We don't like drugs in this county. The majority of people don't. I'd say 98 to 99 percent don't and we're making that attempt to satisfy the people of this county. Nobody likes illegal drugs and we're not gonna tolerate it. "

Narcotics officers say Friday's roundup was the largest in the history of Claiborne County, and they say they plan to stay vigilant in the fight against drugs.

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Photos Courtesy: Claiborne County Sheriff's Department

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