UPDATE: 114 named in drug round-up indictment in Claiborne Co.

By: Michael Grider and Nick Bona Email
By: Michael Grider and Nick Bona Email

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's being called the largest drug round-up to ever take place in East Tennessee.

One Hundred and fourteen people are named in an indictment on drug-related sales or trafficking illegal narcotics, as part of "Operation Cooperation" in Claiborne County.

“These individuals, most of them are making trips to Florida and bringing the drugs back here and reselling them," said Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.

Some of the drugs include crack, marijuana, mushrooms, meth and prescription pills, including Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Sheriff Ray told Volunteer TV News on Monday that overdoses on prescription pills like Oxycodone and Xanax are killing about one Claiborne County resident every two weeks.

“We've lost a generation of youngsters on these pain killers,” said Sheriff Ray. “We're going to put a stop to that. We're going to work continuously as we have for the last three and a half years."

The sheriff’s office said the indictments were part of a four-year, ongoing investigation by several agencies.

54 people had been arrested by Monday evening. Bonds for all of the suspects were pre-set at $10,000 and up, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's being called the largest drug round-up to ever take place in East Tennessee.

One Hundred and fourteen people are named in an indictment on drug-related sales or trafficking illegal narcotics, as part of "Operation Cooperation" in Claiborne County.

Some of the drugs include crack, marijuana, mushrooms, meth and prescription pills, including Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

Sheriff David Ray says it's part of a four-year, ongoing investigation by several agencies.

As of 10:30 Monday morning, 24 people had been arrested.

Bonds for all of the suspects were pre-set at $10,000 and up, according to a news release from the Claiborne County Sheriff.


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