Former Sheriff's son arrested for selling drugs

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CAMPBELL COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) A former Campbell County Sheriff's son was arrested Monday morning, accused to selling morphine pills out of his home.

According to Sheriff Robbie Goins, 68 year-old Billy Jack "Cotton" Kitts was arrested in his LaFollette home, after an undercover narcotics unit bought the prescription drug from Kitts.

Kitts father was a popular Campbell County Sheriff in the 70's according to Goins. He passed away in 1978 after serving several terms as Sheriff.

"It's sad... that it was a family member," Goins said about the arrest of "Cotton" Kitts.

Goins also addressed that this arrest is part of a bigger issue for his jurisdiction.

"When I first was elected, we were seeing more methamphetamine. Now we see the prescription meds. A lot more."

"We got a lot of young people in our county that are addicted to pain medication, just exactly like Mr. Kitts sold," Goins said.

He added that it doesn't matter who the person is, if they are selling drugs, he is going to arrest that person. But that his department is more than just making an arrest. Goins said he and his deputies are here to help the community, especially when it comes to prescription drug use.

"That's what we're trying to prevent. We don't want anybody here addicted. And we want to help people."

Kitts faces a $100,000 bond and remains in the Campbell County jail.

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