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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HONORED TODAY IN GREENEVILLE

GREENEVILLE, Tenn—Agents from the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Greeneville City Police Department, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, Morristown Police Department, Tennessee National Guard, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were honored today by United States Attorney Russ Dedrick in a ceremony held in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Each agency was recognized for their joint work in the multi-state, multi-agency investigation that has resulted in the conviction of 16 defendants on federal cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy charges to this point. In addition, several defendants were convicted on firearms charges related to the drug trafficking. The investigation revealed that multiple kilograms of cocaine were transported to the Greeneville area from areas including Florida and Texas. The cocaine was then distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee, or cooked into cocaine base (“crack”) and distributed.

District Attorney Berkeley Bell stated, “I wish to commend the Third Judicial Drug Task Force, the TBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their outstanding cooperation and effort in arresting and convicting these 16 individuals for drug conspiracy. Through their efforts, a huge drug organization was destroyed and its participants placed in jail.”

Chief Terry Cannon, Greeneville Police Department stated, “I think it is great when the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA, and state and local law enforcement agencies work together, and it is amazing what can be accomplished. The results of this case being a major cocaine ring being brought to justice.”

Sheriff Burns, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, praised the effort of all the participants in this joint drug investigation and noted how proud he was of the continuing partnership between the local, state, and federal agencies in this area. “We all share the responsibility and have the goal of protecting the citizens from this very real threat. Given the very large size and scope of this drug trafficking organization, this type of cooperation is the only effective way to have a lasting positive impact on the drug problem in our community.”

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