Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy revealed his plan to fight the drug epidemic during his first news conference Thursday afternoon.
Sheriff Cassidy said the federal government has listed Sullivan County as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, which is one of the reasons fighting the drug epidemic is one of his top priorities.
“I doubled my narcotics and VICE units in size in order to focus on the drug epidemic in our county,” Cassidy said during a press conference Thursday. “I’ve doubled the number of detectives in the narcotics and VICE units, the detectives have extensive experience and knowledge. I believe they are the best in East Tennessee.”
Cassidy said the VICE unit only had three investigators, now they have six, including a supervisor.
“I took away a couple of spots, a full-time public information officer and I also did away with a major spot so I can throw more resources into drugs,” Cassidy said. “That’s how I doubled my narcotics and VICE division.”
Cassidy said this plan includes working with other law enforcement agencies in the Tri-Cities.
“They are going to collaborate with Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City,” Cassidy said. “They are going to train people on drug detection and prevention, also we are going to get into some of these schools and educate kids about drugs as well.”
Cassidy said he plans to make several other promotions by the end of this week.