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Carter County Sheriff's Department working with neighboring counties to make arrests

Contributed • Apr 23, 2019 at 6:45 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has taken a regional approach in its last two roundups of people wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

On Monday, Carter County deputies joined forces with he Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in making 16 arrests. All of the charges were on violation of probation or failure to appear charges. The arrests come just weeks after Carter County and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department cooperated in a similar roundup.

In Monday’s roundup, Carter County deputies took 14 wanted people into custody. The fugitives had original charges against them that included drug violations, theft and driving under the influence. Johnson County deputies also arrested two people on active warrants.

The roundup is part of a push for a regional approach to law enforcement. Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said he intends to expand the warrants database his agency has created to include other agencies in the region.

“About 80 percent of your warrants are for misdemeanors,” Lunceford said. “Since misdemeanors aren’t entered into the national warrants database, that means other jurisdictions have no visibility of roughly 80 percent of your wanted persons.

“These roundups are just the first step,” Lunceford said of the joint effort with Johnson and Unicoi counties. “We’re setting the wheels in motion for regional law enforcement efforts. Technology has finally made it possible, we just have to find the right tools and put them to good use.”

Lunceford said that he is working with other agencies to coordinate more joint operations in the near future.

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