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DEA: 155 arrested in Tennessee on federal drug trafficking charges

Crystal methamphetamine typically looks like pieces of glass or blue-white rocks. The addictive stimulant was at the heart of a recent federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforcement action dubbed “Operation Crystal Mountain.”

The DEA combined with state and local police agencies in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia in making 235 arrests on federal drug trafficking charges. According to a news report, 155 of the arrests were here in Tennessee.

According to the report, the operation targeted Mexican drug smuggling and distribution organization, as well as those who are involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of meth. The DEA said that “Operation Crystal Mountain” resulted in the seizure of more than 800 pounds of meth, more than $800,000 in cash, as well as 52 guns. The federal agency also said it seized “significant” amounts of fentanyl, heroin and other illegal drugs.

The DEA said it also helped state law enforcement agencies make another 140 arrests on state-level drug charges.

According to a map on the DEA’s website, “Operation Crystal Mountain” seized approximately 360 pounds of meth in Kentucky while making 60 arrests. Twenty people were arrested in West Virginia and 132 pounds of crystal was confiscated there. Here in Tennessee, 317 pounds of the substance was seized in addition to the 155 arrests.

Those who face drug trafficking charges in Memphis should not speak with city, county, state or federal investigators until they have sat down and talked over the evidence and allegations with an attorney experienced in effective drug defense.


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