(Gatlinburg, TN) Twenty-fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force Agent Garrison Taylor has been presented with the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association (TNOA) Narcotics Officer of the Year Award for the Western Region of Tennessee.
Garrison was first assigned to the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force from the Covington Police Department in July, 2007, and served as the Agent Supervisor for the Task Force.
During that time, Garrison led numerous drug operations and investigations that resulted in successful prosecutions in Fayette and Tipton counties.
In July, 2009, as a result of grant funding, Garrison was hired and assigned to a full-time position with the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force, where he was appointed to serve as the Deputy DTF Director and lead case Agent for the 25th Judicial District DTF.
On October 1, 2011, Garrison was assigned to the DEA Resident Memphis Office as a Task Force Officer, and was immediately assigned to “Operation Sick Puppy”, an OCDETF case which targeted a significant cocaine drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Lauderdale County, Tennessee.
This operation was initiated in January, 2011 by the DEA, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force after multiple murders occurred in a short period of time in Lauderdale County, including the October, 2010 double homicide of two U.S. Postal Service employees in Henning, Tennessee.
The operation was targeted to investigate the relationship of these increased incidents of violence to the drug trafficking organization and activity in the Lauderdale County area.
Twenty-one members of the DTO were indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis for violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), by conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and more than 500 grams of cocaine base.
On April 12, 2012, the drug suspects were arrested during a large-scale round-up by multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
“These arrests have made a significant impact on the overall public safety of Lauderdale County, and without Agent Taylor’s hard work and commitment to the operation, such unchecked lawlessness would have continued to plague and endanger the people of Lauderdale County”, said District Attorney Mike Dunavant in a news release.