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33 Arrested in Major Sumner County Drug Bust -- Kai Beech

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For Gallatin police, this was a historic day.

“We arrested street dealers all the way up the chain to the top in this operation,” said Gallatin Police Chief Don Bandy.

Officers arrested 33 people on charges of conspiracy to sell heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

This massive bust was part of a year-long investigation. It began after Gallatin Police started looking into a local homicide and discovered a much bigger and darker picture into the local drug trafficking scene that stretched across state lines.  

“We realized that it was going over beyond what we could do as far as resources,” Bandy said. “So we reached out to the Sumner County 18th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

In all, 17 different law enforcement agencies teamed up for the round-up. Gallatin police say they used wire-tapping during this investigation, which was a first for Sumner County,
Kaneshia Fitts waited outside the Sumner County Courthouse Thursday morning for a friend that police arrested in this raid. She says the timeline of the bust doesn't make sense.

“You have something on somebody you say it happened a year ago and you've tapped them. Why would you wait a year and not catch them in the act of doing it,” she asked. “Why would you wait until somebody is trying to better themselves?”

Fitts believes these people are released they won't have any other options besides bad ones.
“You are going to make them lose a job,” she said. “If they can’t get out to work, then you forcing them back out on the streets to do things.”   


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