Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - More than a dozen suspected drug dealers are off the street.
The Morristown Police Department began rounding-up the suspects in a seven county area before dawn.
Fifteen people are now behind bars as part of a 2-year investigation named "operation dead end."
A specially called Morristown grand jury handed down 33 indictments Monday; police began rounding up those suspected of dealing drugs.
Volunteer TV was there Tuesday morning around 5:00 a.m., as Morristown Police hit the road to clean-up the streets of the city's drug dealers.
Now, they're sending the message that it's risky business for lawbreakers to set-up shop selling controlled or illegal drugs in the Hamblen County.
Morristown Police began bringing in suspected drug dealers shortly after 5 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Authorities awoke many suspects, some who arrived at the police department wearing pajamas.
"Okay, let's get started..."
earlier, beginning about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Chief Roger Overholt briefed officers on the nearly 3 dozen wanted individuals, and where they may be located.
"We have felony arrest warrants on all these people, so I want you to be extremely careful. There's nothing you going to do today that's more important than being careful. So slow down out there and take your time," Chief Overholt explains to his officers.
The 2 year investigation named "Operation Dead End" targeted individuals who authorities say sold felony quantities of drugs to undercover informants.
Those drugs included marijuana, ecstasy, crack and powder cocaine, methamphetamines, and pills, such as oxycodone, morphine, and hydroquinone.
"We know these are people who are doing this as a way of making a living." says Sgt. Michelle Jones. "This is an enterprise for them. We're going out this morning to arrest those people, and bring them to justice."
Morristown Police hope to slam the door on these suspects, on the way to reducing or eliminating drug dealing in their community.
"If we can take 33 drug dealers off the street, not only are we removing those people from dealing drugs, but we're also having an impact on the people who's out stealing, who's doing other crimes, who's doing robberies and stuff like that in order to buy drugs from these people," says Chief Overholt.
Morristown Police say this is the 2nd time in 2 years that they've rounded-up suspected drug dealers, first one was successful, they hope this one will be, too.