The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department arrested 17 people on drug-related charges on Monday and Tuesday following drug investigations during the last few months, Sheriff Paul White said Wednesday.
These charges are mostly result from the sale or possession for resale of prescription or legend drugs, as well as marijuana- and methamphetamine-related offenses, White said. The charges were included in 35 indictments against 26 people returned by an Anderson County Grand Jury in June and July after investigations by the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit.
White said deputies started making arrests on the indictments and related drug-activity investigations on Monday.
He said those indicted for the manufacture, sales, delivery, or possession either sold to undercover agents or were in possession of illegal drugs for resale. Of the 26 people indicted, 19 were charged with prescription narcotics offenses, three were charged with cocaine offenses, three were marijuana-related, and one was on methamphetamine charges.
One of the 17 arrested as of Tuesday afternoon was already in custody, White said.
“Deputies are continuing to search for the nine remaining offenders,” he said.
White said the indictments are the product of hard work by investigators of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit.
“The District Attorney General’s Office also spent many hours assisting investigators by preparing and presenting these cases to the Grand Jury,” he said.
The names of those arrested will be released at a later time. No additional details can be released because some of the investigations are continuing, White said.
“Drug enforcement remains a top priority of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department,” he said.
The sheriff said there were 1,603 people arrested on drug-related crimes from 2007 through 2013.