Locals among 12 indicted on federal meth trafficking charges

JULY 20– Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging 12 suspects with federal drug trafficking violations.

The suspects were arrested earlier today during a round-up conducted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration,  the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, both the Jackson and Madison County SWAT teams, and the McNairy County Drug Task Force. The 12 defendants named in the indictment are crystal methamphetamine traffickers, the government claims.

The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson on July 17, but remained sealed until today’s arrests. The indictment contains counts alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act, counts alleging illegal possession of firearms after being convicted of a felony, as well as counts for possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The Justice Department said the suspects arrested during the operation are:

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Savannah man killed in two-vehicle crash on Airport Road

JULY 17– James T. Prince, 84, of Savannah, died in a two-vehicle crash on Airport Road this morning near the Hardin County Sale Barn, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

According to a preliminary THP report, Prince was driving a 2011 Ford F-150 north on Airport Road, or Tenn. 226 when he crossed the centerline  in a curve and traveled into the path of a southbound 2007 Sterling V-Star tanker truck.

The tanker truck driver, Steve J. Bullard, 50, of Blountsville, Alabama, attempted evasive action but was hit in the second axle by the pickup truck.

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Hardin County E-911 implements system to send emergency texts to residents

JULY 14– All Hardin County residents have to do is text their ZIP code to 888777 to receive alerts about severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, missing persons, and other situations. 

Yes, it’s that easy. 

At a training session last week, Hardin County E-911 Director David Alexander said, “We’re really excited about this. It will allow us to reach people about emergency situations more quickly, and especially when people can’t hear the weather sirens.”

Right now the program is opt-in only, meaning only people who sign up will get updates. But, Nixle, the company that developed this software, is working on expanding that. 

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