MPD Operation Ice Blaster
MPD OPERATION ICE BLASTER
At 11 a.m. today the Morristown Police Department began executing Operation Ice Blaster. The Narcotics/Vice Unit, MPD Special Response Team, Criminal Apprehension Unit, Patrol, Support Service and Detective Divisions are seeking 79 individuals who will be facing charges for illegal sales of narcotics within the city of Morristown. At this time, 37 individuals have been taken into custody.
MPD is being assisted in the location and apprehension of the suspects by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Unit (HSI).
The Grainger County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting in locating offenders who reside within their jurisdiction.
The operation name metaphorically refers to an ice blaster which works undetected below the surface of a pond to remove ice and clean the pond. Our undercover agents have worked more than 15 months targeting individuals who are distributing crystal meth, commonly referred to as “ice”, in our community.
Chief Overholt stated, “we have seen a resurgence in the sales of methamphetamine in our city. While many of these cases involve illegal drugs, we still continue to see a large amount of prescription medication being diverted for illegal street sales. This creates unique challenges for law enforcement as we must continually adapt our methods of investigation to combat the unlawful sales of drugs.”
MPD Operation SOBOs in April 2015 netted 105 individuals who were primarily charged with illegal prescription medication sales.
Morristown Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Supervisor, Captain Chris Blair stated, “one possible reason for the increase in methamphetamine sales is that changes in production yielding a cheaper product often makes “ice” less expensive to purchase on the street than diverted prescription medication.”
Large-scale operations such as this often take multiple days to arrest all individuals indicted. Any suspects not located immediately will be placed in the national crime database to notify law enforcement across the country of their outstanding charges.