Busted for Meth, the most dangerous drug in America. The following people were rounded up today by law enforcement officials in and around Sequatchie County Tennessee. Bledsoe County, Marion County, Sequatchie County, Dunlap City Police all participated in the round-up.
All were charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.
On October 14, 2010 officers with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Dunlap Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tennessee Meth Task Force plan to arrest 27 individuals on State Court indictments. These individuals were involved in a multi-county Methamphetamine manufacturing conspiracy. The State Court indictments are a spin-off of a Federal investigation which landed 40 people in Federal Custody earlier this year.
Officials stated that the individuals that have been arrested today were allegedly gathering precursor chemicals that were needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Those chemicals include pseudoephedrine, iodine, and red phosphorous. These individuals which law enforcement refer to as “smurfs” would then take those chemicals and trade them for methamphetamine or cash money.
This investigation shows how the investigative cooperation between Local, State, and Federal law enforcement can result in the arrests of such a large number of people. The investigation continues and officers plan to present more cases to the Grand Jury in the future.