Claiborne County serves 30 warrants in drug round up

Claiborne County serves 30 warrants in drug round up

April 5, 2006

By JOHN HANEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CLAIBORNE COUNTY (WATE) -- Claiborne County law enforcement announced a drug roundup Wednesday involving 70 charges and 30 defendants.

With the old jail too cramped and the new jail under construction, officials used the New Tazewell Airport as the processing center for the bust.

"It just went really smooth," an undercover agent says. "Everyone worked together and we're all here for a common goal, and that's to put an end to the drug trafficking that's here in our county."

The Claiborne County Sheriff's Department and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force had warrants for the 30 defendants, covering 70 felony drug counts.

The investigation started in 2004 and found the alleged dealers selling meth, crack, cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs and more.

"We went before the grand jury yesterday afternoon," an undercover agent says. "We were able to get our sealed indictments and then we met with all of our local law enforcement agencies and assembled arrest teams. We set out at 7:00 this morning, rounding these people up."

All the illegal drug sales occurred in Claiborne County, although some of the defendants are from other counties, or Kentucky.

The task force plans to make another roundup sometime this summer.

6 News noticed Sheriff Harry Shultz wasn't at Wednesday's big announcement. In fact, county commissioners say they haven't seen Shultz since October 2005. The TBI is currently investigating whether he's fulfilling his duties.

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