East Tennessee deputy poses as student; 14 drug arrests follow

East Tennessee deputy poses as student; 14 drug arrests follow

ELIZABETHTON (AP) - The transfer student in the Carter County schools looked convincing enough that she fit right into the drug subculture she found.

Only after she was no longer in school and nine students and five adults were charged was it known that she was an undercover officer for the sheriff's office.

The Elizabethton Star reported Sheriff Chris Mathes announced the results Monday of what his department dubbed "Operation Jump Street."

The operation lasted 10 months and involved four high schools.

The Johnson City Press reported newly-hired Deputy Donna Rogan went undercover for the operation after the sheriff's office heard complaints about drugs at school.

Mathes said he met with District Attorney General Tony Clark and they discussed how to proceed, then launched the investigation.

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