Macon County Chronicle

Twenty-Three Arrested in 'Operation Spring Water'

The 15th Judicial Drug Task Force executed ‘Operation Spring Water’ in Macon County on Thursday, January 13th by rounding up approximately 34 people that have been indicted by the Grand Jury for various drug charges, including distributing prescription narcotics, along with methamphetamine manufacture and sale.

The roundup involved three local agencies including the Lafayette Police Department, which served as the project headquarters, the Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Red Boiling Springs Police Department. Also assisting were officers from the Smith County Sheriffs Department and the Carthage Police Department.

According to Lafayette Police Chief Jerry Dallas, 23 of the 34 indicted have been arrested as of Monday, January 17th and the investigation to find the other individuals is ongoing. Once suspects were located, they were taken to the Lafayette Police Department where they received their indictments and were then immediately transported to the Macon County Justice Center to be booked.

Officers from the Macon County Sheriffs Department also assisted in transporting those arrested from the Lafayette Police Department to the county jail.

“This initial undercover investigation to disrupt the flow of narcotics in Macon County was launched in 2009,” said Task Force Director Mike Thompson, “and the indictments for Operation Spring Water were handed down in October. Drug dealers don’t pay attention to judicial boundaries and they were traveling from Smith County, Clay County and even from Kentucky selling narcotics in Macon County. There were several newcomers, along with a few repeat offenders, including some individuals facing drug charges in other counties as well, with sales ranging from prescription pills to methamphetamine.”

“The 15th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Lafayette Police Department,” Thompson continued, “constantly work together on the drug problems in Lafayette and Macon County, and when one operation is over another one always begins. The LPD has participated in the Task Force since 1988 and their dedication to law enforcement has made Macon County a safer place to live and raise children.”