Two local law enforcement agencies were participants in an investigation that took down an East Tennessee cocaine conspiracy.
The leader, Baltazar Camacho of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to 470 months in prison last week.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined that at a minimum, Camacho distributed between 150 to 450 kilograms of cocaine, and knew that half of that amount would be turned into crack cocaine.
“Even in a time of intensifying drug activities and fewer law enforcement resources, we will continue to pursue all those who flood our streets with illegal drugs, and particularly those who lead large conspiracies such as these,” U.S. Attorney William C. “Bill” Killian said in a prepared statement. “That effort will never stop.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department were involved in the 18-month investigation that led to the convictions of Camacho and 15 other defendants.
Other agencies involved in the investigation included the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Oak Ridge Police Department, Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.