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Bradley Co. cracks down on prostitution, drug activity

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - The Bradley County Sheriff's department is cracking down on illegal activity with the initiation of Operation Clean Sweep.

Eleven people so far are facing charges for sale or transport of illegal drugs including meth and marijuana as well as prostitution. Several charges were for people from out of state conducting illegal activity in Bradley County.

Deputies are highlighting prostitution which they say has been overlooked for several years.

On Friday, two women from Chattanooga, Ariel Mansell and Chambria Redding, were arrested in Bradley County and charged with prostitution. Officials say they set up a meeting with an undercover officer using a website known for promoting prostitution.

Deputies are also focusing on illegal prescription drug use.

“One of my main points in seeking the Office of Sheriff was to deal swiftly and strongly with illegal drugs. Drugs breed burglaries and thefts, as well as Prostitution and Human Trafficking," says Sheriff Eric Watson. "We are especially vigilant due to the fact I-75 runs north and south through Bradley County. Human Trafficking is a serious and dangerous criminal enterprise that is world-wide and has been evident in our area in recent years."

This is an ongoing investigation and officials expect to make more arrests.



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