42 face charges in federal meth bust

42 face charges in federal meth bust

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U.S. Attorney William Killian made the announcement of the indictments on Tuesday. U.S. Attorney William Killian made the announcement of the indictments on Tuesday.

CLINTON (WATE) - More than forty people are facing charges after federal drug investigators uncovered a major East Tennessee meth ring.

The U.S. Attorney's Office worked in conjunction with the DEA, Anderson and Knox County deputies, TBI and the Tennessee Meth Task Force on the indictments, which were part of "Operation Meth-odical Destruction."

The 42 people indicted were allegedly all involved in making or distributing methamphetamine as part of the same drug ring, which operated in Anderson and Knox Counties.

At one of the homes the ring used, investigators found a meth lab operating within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

The suspects all face conspiracy charges for their involvement in the ring, which carries a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and up to life in prison.

Some of the charges stem from incidents as far back as early 2004.

"These people are facing the federal system of punishment. It is a much more stringent system, it is a much higher minimum sentence and it is a system of mandatory incarceration," said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee William Killian.

Authorities began to round up the suspects on Thursday. So far, 14 suspects are in state custody, 20 are in federal custody and eight suspects remain at large.

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