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There were about two dozen arrests on drug-related charges in Anderson County on Thursday, according to jail records, as authorities from several agencies swept through Oak Ridge and possibly other communities in what they’ve described as a multi-county criminal investigation.
The most common charge, by far, is manufacturing, delivering, selling, or possessing a controlled substance, according to Anderson County jail records. Counts on that charge vary from one to two dozen, according to jail records, with many of those arrested facing in the range of eight to 11 counts.
Other charges listed against a few of those arrested include possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawfully carrying a weapon, possessing drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, property theft, and simple possession.
Most of those arrested are listed as Oak Ridge residents, but there are also residents of Knoxville, Clinton, Kingston, and Madisonville. The defendants range in age from 20-61.
Authorities have said little about the case so far. Seventh Judicial District Attorney General Dave Clark will have a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday at his office in downtown Clinton. In a Thursday notice to reporters, Clark said local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will report on the investigation. Clark said it’s a complex investigation that has lasted several years, and several aspects of it are unprecedented in this area.
Among the agencies observed working in Oak Ridge on Thursday were the Oak Ridge Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton Police Department, Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force, and the District Attorney General’s office.
There are a total of 26 arrests listed in the jail records for Thursday for manufacturing, delivering, selling, or possessing a controlled substance.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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