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Drug bust leads to arrest of 12 people

Tennessee law enforcement agencies are determined to crack down on drug trafficking and sales in the state. As a result, people from all walks of life are getting arrested and charged with serious drug crimes.

For example, on Jan. 16, narcotics agents from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office spent the day busting 12 Tennessee residents for allegedly participating in a variety of drug crimes. The arrests were the culmination of a year-long investigation into several alleged drug dealers operating in and around Monroe County. Over the course of the investigation, officers seized various controlled substances and weapons. In addition, six more people are expected to be taken into custody.

Ten of the defendants, who range in age from 23 to 68, are from Madisonville. One defendant is from Sweetwater, and one defendant's hometown was not listed. All the defendants have been charged with various drug crimes, including possession of methamphetamine, sale and delivery of methamphetamine, sale and delivery of oxycodone, sale and delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Some defendants are also facing charges for other alleged crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, evading arrest and theft over $60,000. The investigation was conducted by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division and Warrant Service Team, the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Individuals accused of drug crimes may be frightened and unsure of their legal options. A criminal defense attorney could review a defendant's case and recommend a defense strategy based on the circumstances surrounding his or her arrest. In some situations, this could help get a case thrown out of court. In others, it could lead to a plea deal that significantly reduces the charges.

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