42 charged in meth distribution ring

5:52 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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East Tennessee law enforcement cracked down on what they're calling a large drug conspiracy on Tuesday.

During a news conference, the US Attorney for the Eastern District announced 42 indictments for a meth manufacturing and distribution ring.

A joint task force of federal, state, and local investigators helped arrest 34 of those suspects.  Eight are still at large.

They say the arrests are a significant way to cut down on the meth problem in East Tennessee, but they still have a long way to go.

"We've taken a very aggressive approach at dealing with the issue. But obviously as you can see, it's still a significant problem not only for the state of Tennessee but also for the nation," said Tommy Farmer of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Anderson County led the state with 130 meth lab seizures last year.
That's 45 more seizures than the next highest county.

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