20 arrested in Campbell Co. drug roundup

Twenty drug dealers and probation violators are in jail and twenty more are expected to be arrested Monday.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office started the drug roundup, named "Operation Crushing Nuisance," before sunrise Monday morning.

After a year of investigating, the district attorney's office presented 40 cases to the grand jury on Thursday. Nearly 30 officers from Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, LaFollette Police department and Jellico Police Department served the indictments door-to-door.

Sheriff Robbie Goins said most of the people arrested are drug dealers of prescription pills. He said pills have surpassed meth as their biggest problem.

Goins said taking the dealers off the streets is important for the well being of the entire community.

"We've got so many kids in our community that are addicted and I hold these people responsible because its all about money for them. They don't care who's kid is addicted who's property got stolen," Sheriff Goins said.

Sheriff Goins estimates 95% of the crimes, from theft to child abuse, are committed in his county are tied to drugs. Authorities push to send inmates with drug problems into a special court that offers rehab during their punishment.

This is second roundup in Campbell County over the past several months.

The last one was in March, where a year-long undercover narcotics operation resulted in charges against 63 people.


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