BY KEN LITTLE
Arrests continue today in a roundup started Monday of men and women who allegedly sell illegal drugs in Greene County.
About 20 suspects were in custody as of Monday night, Sheriff Steve Burns said.
The ongoing undercover operation by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force resulted in 60 charges filed against 50 individuals, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.
Charges filed range from offenses connected to the sale and delivery of prescription drugs and crack cocaine, to bribery and food stamp fraud, Burns said.
The "major arrest operation" began Monday morning and targeted about 45 of the 50 defendants, according to the release.
Six of the 20 suspects arrested Monday were already in jail, Burns said. The other 14 were picked up at home and other locations throughout the county.
The sweep is coordinated by the Drug Task Force and includes members of the Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Greeneville Police Department.
Burns said the arrests should make a dent in the illegal drug trade in Greene County.
"It will have to, at least for a while," he said.
Law enforcement won't tolerate drug dealers in the county, the sheriff added.
"We just want the ones who conduct this illegal activity to think the next knock on the door will be (police)," he said.
The names of those charged in the drug roundup had not been released as of this morning.