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Progress made in fight against drugs

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Authorities have made headway into an investigation involving drugs, car burglaries and a multi-state identity theft ring.

According to the District Attorney General’s Office, police from several different agencies simultaneously executed two search warrants in Rockwood last Thursday.

Numerous items were seized including drugs, firearms, cash and evidence related to the identity theft investigation.

“As a result of the raid, several vehicle burglaries have been solved in the Roane County and Knox County areas,” the DAG’s office said in a news release. “At least one person is in custody at this time and numerous arrests are expected to follow.”

District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the names and addresses of the suspects were being withheld because of the ongoing investigation. 

“The Ninth District Drug Task Force has contacted the U.S. Secret Service, due to the extent from a geographical standpoint of the identity theft operation, about potential federal prosecution,” the release said