42 indicted on meth charges out of East Tenn.

Associated Press • Mar 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced the indictments of 42 people in East Tennessee on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine stemming from a multicounty criminal investigation.

The U.S. attorney's office in Knoxville said in a news release on Tuesday that most of the individuals indicted last Tuesday are from Anderson County.

The indictments were part of an operation spearheaded by state and local law enforcement agencies to address meth-related crimes in Anderson and Knox counties.

Some of the charges also include using firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and making meth inside a home that was less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

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