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14 face drug indictments in Dyersburg

By Jamel Major - bio | email

DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities in West Tennessee say 14 people have been charged with several federal drug trafficking violations.

Friday, authorities announced the unsealing of a 31 count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury in Memphis on Oct. 27.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Memphis, the primary drug involved was cocaine.

"This activity occurred between the time frame of November 2009 and June of this year," said Ed Stanton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

12 of the 14 people arrested were Dyersburg residents.  They face between five and 40 years in prison, and fines up to two million dollars.

Authorities said the case was investigated by the newly formed West Tennessee Violent Crime Task Force, an FBI sponsored force made up of agents from the FBI, Dyersburg Police, and Dyer County Sheriff's Office.

"These task forces aim to root out and target the entire gang, from the street level thugs and dealers, up through the crew leader and ultimately the gang's command structure," said special agent Amy Hess.

Hearings for the 14 people indicted are set for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

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