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RCSO part of area drug bust

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Crack, cocaine the focus

By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office was one of about a dozen law enforcement agencies credited with helping bust up a multi-state drug conspiracy.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the conspiracy involved trafficking cocaine and crack as well as money laundering.
“It took some major drug traffickers off the street, and they’re facing 10 years to life in federal prison,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
A federal grand jury returned a 76-count indictment on Nov. 16. Federal search warrants were executed at locations in Knoxville, Alcoa and Rockford earlier this month.
“This indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the FBI/Appalachia High Intensity Drug Task Force comprised of officers and agents of Tennessee National Guard, Counter-Drug Division, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Knoxville Police Department,” the Department of Justice said in a news release.
The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Maryville and Alcoa police departments, also participated in the investigation.
“It was one combined effort and it takes all of us working together,” Stockton said. “We have a great working relationship with all those agencies.”
The suspects were from Blount County, Knox County, Atlanta and Maryland.