LEBANON, Tenn. – A joint investigation between the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and the Lebanon Police Department resulted in a drug roundup and the arrests of dozens Monday morning.
Officers began serving arrest warrants on 30 individuals who were indicted on drug charges around 7:30 a.m.
“These individuals that the agencies identified are, in fact, major narcotics distributors, not just basic street individuals, who have caused a lot of problems in our community,” Wilson Sheriff Terry Ashe told Nashville's News 2.
He continued, “Anytime you continue to plug away at these folks and let them know we are still there, we're not giving up, we're not going away, and we're keeping pressure on these individuals. These people that we brought in today have been a real problem in this community. Some of them have been repeat offenders.”
Those arrested face charges for selling everything from prescription drugs to marijuana but the majority of arrests, according to Sheriff Ashe, were for selling cocaine, which is a schedule II drug.
Selling a schedule II controlled substance is a Class B felony in Tennessee, punishable by eight to 30 years in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000.
“These individuals that the agencies identified are in fact major narcotics distributors, not just basic street individuals, who have caused a lot of problems in our community,” Ashe said.
He added that Monday's arrests will have a major impact on drug traffic in Wilson County.