Over the past two years, the Macon County Sheriffs Department has conducted investigations into narcotics sales throughout Macon County in an effort to eliminate the exchange of drugs in the area.
And after a year and a half of making undercover buys from individuals selling marijuana, prescription narcotics and methamphetamines, their hard work paid off when they received sealed indictments, handed down from the Macon County Grand Jury, enabling them to arrest nine local drug dealers.
But even as the handcuffs clicked, officers found that the trail of those involved went even further than the suspects they picked up.
“When the sealed indictments were served last Thursday, we arrested nine individuals for outstanding indictments,” said Macon County Sheriffs Department Detective Bill Cothron. “And during the course of their arrests, we received information leading us to three additional cases while attempting to serve the indictments.”
According to Cothron, evidence from the additional cases will be sent to the Tennessee Crime Lab and indictments will be presented to the Macon County Grand Jury following their analysis.
The investigations conducted by the Macon County Sheriffs Department have resulted in the seizure of two vehicles, which, if forfeited, will be sold and the money used to fund the Macon County Drug Program.
“I am extremely proud of the work done by this department,” said Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons. “A lot of time and effort has been put into this investigation and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”