CAMPBELL COUNTY—During an ongoing East Tennessee marijuana investigation, about $1.3 million worth of marijuana and one meth lab were seized in Campbell County last week.
LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries and LaFollette Det. Steve Wallen worked with the Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force—or ERAD—which integrated 14 officers from different agencies—including the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The operation also involved a THP helicopter and two National Guard helicopters.
On July 8, more than 600 marijuana plants—about $600,000 worth—were seized in various locations across the county, and a meth lab was uncovered at a LaFollette residence.
On July 10, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter found 500 marijuana plants—about $500,000 worth—in the Pioneer community. The LaFollette Police Department and Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force cut and seized the plants.
By the end of the week, about 1,300 marijuana plants—about $1.3 million dollars worth—had been found, Jeffries said.
Jeffries is happy to cooperate with the task force in eradicating marijuana because he said it benefits the citizens of LaFollette to do so.
“If we’re proactive in stopping the marijuana in the (county), it helps us with the amount of marijuana in the city that’s being sold,” Jeffries said in an interview last week.
No arrests have been made, but the results of the operation are still under investigation, Jeffries said.