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 2015, Drug Task Force investigators arrested 188 persons on 204 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.