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Massive Tennessee drug busts broadly instructive

We dutifully note on our criminal defense website at the proven Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd that Tennessee residents who have been arrested or charged in connection with any type of drug offense need an experienced and proactive attorney at their side.

And this is why: Authorities -- both state and federal -- routinely devote substantial amounts of time, money and effort in targeting alleged wrongdoers. When a case goes forward, they continue to aggressively push it, seeking convictions and harsh criminal penalties.

There is no better evidence of that than in the details of a drug investigation that just concluded in nearby Meigs County. That probe -- featuring what one media report states were "multiple undercover stings" -- resulted in criminal charges being filed against 18 individuals.

The busts were preceded by police activity that was clearly persistent, well funded and closely coordinated among numerous enforcement agencies. Reportedly, the investigation was ongoing for close to two years and participated in by both local and state bodies. Those entities included the Tennessee Department of Correction, the state's Bureau of Investigation, the Meigs County Sheriff's Office and local police officers.

Officials tout the results, linked with what one county law enforcer says is a "high priority" in targeting individuals engaging in drug crimes.

And they seek to convey this pointedly strong message, passed on by a state enforcement principal. He says that task forces will be constantly looking for illegal behavior, regardless of whether a suspect is "a big or small fish in the drug trafficking industry."

That spare-no-resources attitude in the drug-crime realm clearly speaks to why a targeted individual needs an aggressive defense attorney to fight for his or her rights.

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