A year-long investigation by the Grundy County Sheriff's Office with the help of the TBI known as "Operation CamelStraw" led to the indictment of 24 people by a grand jury.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum deputies and agents arrested 18 of the 24 suspects over the last week, with 10 of those arrests happening on Tuesday.

"This has been a very intensive and in-depth operation," stated Sheriff Clint Shrum.

Sheriff Shrum says the name "Operation CamelStraw" was inspired by the phrase "the straw that broke the camel's back."

The following is a list of the suspects who have been arrested: 

  • Richard Anderson (41) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II drugs (4 counts), Poss. Drug Paraphernalia - Gruelti-Laager
  • David Campbell (35)– Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II drug (2 counts) - Altamont
  • Laurie Dent (31) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II drug (2 counts)– Gruelti-Laager
  • Stephanie Meeks (41) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II – Viola
  • Carol Castleberry (38) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), Poss. Schedule II (2 counts) - Monteagle
  • Daniel Deslinger (33) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), Poss. Schedule II (2 counts) – Altamont
  • Tommy James (52) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), Poss. Schedule II – Gruetli- Laager
  • Jimmy White (39) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), - Gruetli-Laager
  • Elizabeth Smith (23) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (4 counts), - Gruetli-Laager
  • Brenda Borne (55) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), - Gruetli-Laager
  • Donna Shadrick (47) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (3 counts), - Gruetli-Laager, Simple Possession – Sequatchie
  • Stefan Payne (24) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts) – Beersheba Springs
  • Cody Forsyth (26) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), Poss. of Schedulle II – Beersheba Springs
  • Brandy Brown (30) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts), Poss. of Schedule II – Beersheba Springs
  • Scotty Green (46) – Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts) - Whitwell
  • Saberina Little (41) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II drugs (4 counts) - Coalmont
  • Kevin Seth Killian (28) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II drug. Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Donald Lee Campbell (39) - Manufacture, sell & delivery Schedule II (2 counts)

The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on March 15.

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