Friday, March 27, 2015

ATF Arrests Twenty-Two Individuals from Three States on Firearms Related Charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — On Mar. 25, 2015, 22 individuals from over nine counties, spanning southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama, were arrested for their roles in a large methamphetamine distribution conspiracy centered in Marion County, Tenn.

An investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, resulted in indictments, which include charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by prohibited individuals.

ATF Special Agent in Charge, Glenn “Andy” Anderson stated, “ATF’s ‘Frontline’ mission to reduce violent crime will have a lasting impact on firearms related violence in order to provide a safe environment for the public. Additionally these arrests demonstrate ATF and our partners continued dedication to identify and investigate violent criminals who lessen the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

In addition to ATF and the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, state and local law enforcement agencies who assisted with the arrests include: the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Highway Patrol; Dade County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Grundy County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Jackson County Alabama Sheriff’s Office; Loudon County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Murray County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Sequatchie County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Warren County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Monteagle Tennessee Police Department; and Chattanooga Tennessee Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Bay will represent the United States.

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