WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators in five south Tennessee counties have arrested more than 50 people on methamphetamine charges in a sweep that has placed six children in state care.

Winchester police chief Dennis Young said Thursday the arrests were continuing in Franklin, Coffee, Warren, Grundy and Moore counties and are part of a six-month investigation that has already led to charges in north Alabama.

Young says the six children placed in Department of Children's Services care range in age from 1 to 10 and in some cases were exposed to the harmful drug making.

Young says former Cowan police chief Harvey "Mack" Shook, and Shook's wife, Hayley, are among those arrested.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Chris Guess says there is no record of the Shooks hiring a lawyer.


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