The Drug Enforcement Administration says operation Crystal Mountain netted over 800 pounds of meth and 235 people arrested across Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.
In Tennessee 155 arrests were made and over 300 pounds of meth seized. Since January, they’ve also seized more then $800,000 in cash, 52 firearms as well as significant amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs.
“Everyone has a right to live in safety. The amount of drugs and weapons we’ve taken off the street with this operation, along with the number of drug dealers that we’ve locked up, represents a small victory in our on-going fight for safer communities for us all,” D. Christopher Evans, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Louisville Division Office said. “While America’s opioid crisis may dominate headlines, Operation Crystal Mountain should serve as a reminder that methamphetamine is a problem that has never gone away. The dedicated men and women of DEA, working closely with state and local law enforcement, are relentless in their efforts to rid our neighborhoods of dangerous drugs and bring to justice those who distribute them, wherever they may be.”
The DEA assisted their state and local counterparts arresting an additional 140 offenders on state-level drug charges.
“While the opioid epidemic has ravaged the nation,” said the release, “Several large swaths of the U.S. see meth as their primary drug threat. The majority of the methamphetamine in the U.S. is produced in Mexico and trafficked by Mexican DTOs. However, DEA continues to work to disrupt and dismantle all components of both foreign and domestic organizations which produce and traffic methamphetamine.”