Officers make drug arrests in Operation Byrne Blitz - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Officers make drug arrests in Operation Byrne Blitz

As part of a national drug investigation, called Operation Byrne Blitz, drug investigators arrested eight men in Covington Wednesday night.

Investigators confiscated drugs, a vehicle, and more than $1,100.

Operation Byrne Blitz was a joint effort by the Tipton County Sheriff, Covington police, and the twenty fifth judicial drug task force. 

There was also a separate location in rural Tipton county that was targeted in the day long operation. 

"Just two months ago, DA Bill Gibbons and myself traveled with other Tennessee prosecutors to Washington DC to lobby our congressmen and Senators for federal funding in support of this Byrne grant funding for us, and certainly the people of Tennessee and our elected officials can see that this is working. It's money well spent, and its promoting public safety," District Attorney Mike Dunavant said.

Among those arrested were Clyde Bacon, Andrew Byars, and Justin Calloway of Covington along with Cedric Leavy of Millington, Shata Mason of Stanton, and Anthony Powell of Mason. Also arrested was Gary Wortham of Stanton.

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