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Blount County
Sheriff's Office

940 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

Phone: (865) 273-5000
    Fax: (865) 273-5134

Crime Prevention Hotline
           (865) 273-5200
Non-Emergency Dispatch
           (865) 983-3620
 
 

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The Narcotics Unit is part of the larger Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, which is a multi-agency effort led by the Sheriff’s Office. The Narcotics Unit is comprised of 10 certified officers, with eight investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, and one each from Maryville and Alcoa Police Departments. One agent is assigned to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. There are also two administrative employees assigned to the Drug Task Force.

In 2012, Drug Task Force investigators arrested 412 persons on 509 charges for drug-related crimes in and around Blount County. These arrests were the result of 459 cases and 30 search warrants. The Drug Task Force verdict statistics show a 97 percent conviction rate. They seized $87,499 in U.S. currency, 24 conveyances, and 46 firearms from drug offenders.

Investigators seized 20 methamphetamine labs in 2012 compared to 12 in 2011, five in 2010, and one in 2009. They continue to work with area businesses to monitor the sale of pseudephedrine and identify violators that are manufacturing methamphetamine as well as using it. Drug Task Force efforts led to 38 people being arrested for promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine in 2012 compared to 50 in 2011. In addition, 20 people were charged with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine in 2012, compared to eight in 2011. There were 43 additional persons charged under the new statute of immediate meth precursors in 2012.


Captain
Ron Talbott

Task Force Statistics
Marijuana Plants 166
Marijuana 41.22 lbs.
Cocaine 1,776.60 gm
Crack Cocaine 78.62 grams
Methamphetamine 19.4 grams
Crystal Meth 3.30 grams
Meth Labs 20
Firearms Seized 46

 

Drug Task Force officers held seven separate training events with a total of 216 participants. These classes benefited not only the citizens of our community on the dangers of drugs, but educated officers on current drug trends. They also held two separate Drug Take Back days with the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2012. This was an effort to give citizens of our community additional opportunities to properly dispose of unwanted prescription medication from their homes. There were a total of 633 pounds of prescription pills, along with 148 pounds of prescription bottles collected during these two events. There were also approximately 100 pounds of prescription pills collected every month in 2012 through the use of our prescription drug drop box, which is permanently located in the 24 hour lobby of the Blount County Justice Center.