Fentress Co. drug suspects get early wake-up call from deputies

Fentress County drug suspects get early wake-up call from deputies as part of 'Operation May Day' sweep

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The countywide sweep called "Operation May Day" took 12 to 13 months to organize. A total of 32 people were arrested Thursday with a few more arrests expected Friday. The countywide sweep called "Operation May Day" took 12 to 13 months to organize. A total of 32 people were arrested Thursday with a few more arrests expected Friday.
Teams of officers on two and four legs swarmed homes. The sheriff says the element of surprise was a help. Teams of officers on two and four legs swarmed homes. The sheriff says the element of surprise was a help.
Once suspects were picked up, they were processed, then cuffed and on their way to the Fentress County jail for booking. It was a surprising start to the day for some, but the goal is to make the county a safer place to live. Once suspects were picked up, they were processed, then cuffed and on their way to the Fentress County jail for booking. It was a surprising start to the day for some, but the goal is to make the county a safer place to live.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JAMESTOWN (WATE) - Some Fentress County residents got a surprise knock at the door Thursday morning from deputies rounding up suspects wanted on drug charges.

The countywide sweep called "Operation May Day" took 12 to 13 months to organize. A total of 32 people were arrested Thursday with a few more arrests expected Friday.

Law enforcement gathered at 5 a.m. to get their assignments and go.

"There's more than one reason why the round up was this early, the primary being so that suspects don't have a chance to destroy the drugs before they're collected as evidence," said Sheriff Tony Choate.

Teams of officers on two and four legs swarmed homes. The sheriff says the element of surprise was a help.

"Any time you enter their homes, there's danger involved, if they have any weapons in the home they have access to," said the sheriff.

The sheriff also addressed why the operation took so long to organize.

"It's one step at a time. Each one of these cases, our informants and undercover agents have had to buy at least twice off each individual to make these cases," he said.

The countywide sweep focused on everything from prescription pills, to meth, heroin and even marijuana.

"A lot of these people are selling locally. We do have some that were selling in other areas, other counties, and some is going out of state," said Choate.

The sheriff's office says this bust was only a small dent in the county's drug problem.

"If you get the drugs off the streets, you save potential lives. If you incarcerate the individuals and maybe rehabilitate those peopl,e and it cuts down on thefts, break ins, murders possibly, different types of crimes."

Once suspects were picked up, they were processed, then cuffed and on their way to the Fentress County jail for booking. It was a surprising start to the day for some, but the goal is to make the county a safer place to live.

Sheriff Choate says this was one of the biggest drug round ups in Fentress County in recent memory.
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