Nearly half of the men charged with cocaine or weapons offenses from a federal roundup in November have penned a letter from the Bradley County Jail with a message to the community.

"Due to the fact that the individuals are innocent until proven guilty and with the understanding of being properly detained, the individuals housed in the Bradley County Jail feel its only fair for the Chattanooga residents and all concerned parties know the difference and have the knowledge of the conditions they are being housed under," the letter dated Dec. 1 states.

At a news conference, officials said the 32-man roundup was evidence of law enforcement's efforts to clean up the streets by targeting cocaine and weapons crimes.

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