District Attorneys Announce The 313 Initiative
From 8th Judicial District Attorney General's Jared Effler's Office -
Several District Attorneys General for East Tennessee announced a new joint initiative focused on disrupting the drug trafficking pipeline between Detroit, Michigan, and East Tennessee. 4th Judicial District Attorney General James Dunn, 5th Judicial District Attorney General Ryan Desmond, 6th Judicial District Attorney General Charme Allen, 7th Judicial District Attorney General Dave Clark, and 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler announced the creation of the 313 Initiative.
The 313 Initiative is a concerted and organized effort by numerous state and local law enforcement agencies to identify, target, and dismantle individuals and groups from the Detroit, Michigan, area who have chosen Knox and surrounding counties to distribute prolific amounts of narcotics, which ultimately lead to increased numbers of associated violent crimes and overdose deaths. Law enforcement agencies will utilize all available resources and investigative tools to identify these individuals and groups from Detroit and will use both traditional detective work and 21st-century technology to stop the pipeline of illegal drugs into our community. Since the initiative began in December, 42 pounds of Methamphetamine, nearly 8 pounds of Fentanyl/Heroin, multiple pounds of other drugs, and 29 guns have all been seized and there have been 46 Detroit-connected arrests.
“I am confident that the 313 Initiative will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our drug investigations and prosecutions, and send a message to Detroit drug traffickers that this area is not a place where they want to set up shop,” stated 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler
The partner agencies in the 313 Initiative include the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Knoxville Police Department - TN, Knox County Sheriff's Office, 4th Judicial Drug Task Force, Sevier County Street Crimes, 5th Judicial Drug Task Force, 7th Judicial Crime Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the District Attorneys General of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Judicial Districts. Through the 313 Initiative, information and intelligence will be entered into a database to be shared with partner agencies instead of being locked away in a casefile, benefitting all of East Tennessee.