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Sheriff describes today's bust as largest in Unicoi Co history

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JOHNSON CITY, TN -

Sheriff Mike Hensley described a drug bust today as the biggest pill investigation ever in Unicoi County.

Sheriff Hensley said 18 people were rounded up in "Operation Lifesaver."

The investigations leading up to the operation began in October when the Sheriff's Department started buying drugs like meth, prescription pills, and even mushrooms from alleged drug dealers in the county.

News Channel 11 rode along for part of the bust and found one stop led to the discovery of meth making components.

"We been smelling stuff that smelt like ammonia, yeast for a long time...we were afraid to say anything," said Julia Franklin, who lives next door to a home where four people were arrested during the bust.

Sheriff Hensley said it can take a while to make drug busts like these because investigators have to prove that these folks are illegally selling drugs by making at least two or three undercover buys from them.

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