Drugs are off the street and 19 people face charges after a warrant sweep in Wilson County. The investigation went on for 15 months, and the police chief tells Channel 4 it won't be the end of it.
Police are pretty clear when they say drug crime fuels other kinds of crime, including theft, robbery and murder.
It is anything to keep the cash flow going and the drugs moving.
After a sweep Friday in Lebanon, 19 people stand accused of their involvement with drugs. Some are suspected of dealing prescription drugs, while others were alleged to deal pot or cocaine.
It is an uphill fight for police, for sure, but the chief says Friday was a sign of progress.
"Well, we had a little bit of everything, you know. We had some people that were, a lot of them, were prescription medication sales," Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said.
Police hold indictments for 10 additional people, and Bowen says some of those suspects have already indicated they will turn themselves in for booking.
"One thing we did is we coordinated with the Inspector General's Office. We're asking them to look in to see if any of these folks, indeed, are on TennCare and possibly TennCare fraud issues," Bowen said.
Channel 4 visited several homes of those now facing charges, and some were not so happy to see us.
One of the accused dealers did not want to show her face or share her name, but she insisted to us that she doesn't deal and doesn't use.
"I do not use crack cocaine, nor sell crack cocaine," she said. "I'm not a perfect angel, I'm not going to say that, but I do not sell drugs, nor take, you know, drugs."
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