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U.S. Attorney to drug criminals: '"You can run but you can't hide'

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TIPTON COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The U.S. attorney's in West Tennessee is sending out a warning that criminals can no longer hid out in his neck of the woods anymore.

A new partnership is working to put a stop to drug crimes in the region.

Federal indictments announced Wednesday morning are the result of a partnership between the U.S. Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agents in Tipton County and Lauderdale County.

Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley says he is determined to protect his people.

"We made a promise. A promise made, a promise kept. The warning is clear. If there are repeat offenders, we're after them," said Sheriff Chumley.

Chumley joined District Attorney Mike Dunavant and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton Wednesday to announce a second wave of drug indictments, stemming from the partnership.

Richard Dewalt and Brandy Wallace of Lauderdale County were indicted.

Anthony Alston, Leonard Hunter, John McPeak, and Tedrick Mason of Tipton County were also indicted.

They are all charged with meth manufacturing and distribution, prescription drug distribution, and cocaine distribution.

"As many of you know, there is no parole in the federal system and these defendants are facing up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines," said U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton III.

Leaders say the whole idea of the partnership is to keep repeat drug and gang offenders in prison longer and to keep them off of the streets.

"We're going to rid ourselves of this, hold people accountable and make us safer," said District Attorney Mike Dunavant.

"You can run but you can't hide in the rural counties anymore and this is a prime example of weeding out the worst offenders," added Stanton.

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