Lawmakers eye stricter oversight of drug task forces

NASHVILLE, TN (Times Free Press) — Two area state lawmakers working to put the reins on Tennessee’s judicial drug task forces say this week’s Times Free Press series about the 10th Judicial District adds impetus to the effort.

“Everybody’s watching” the newspaper’s series, said state Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The series investigated allegations of unchecked spending, lack of oversight and prosecutorial misconduct in the 10th District counties of Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk.

These charges and allegations raised in other districts across Tennessee in the last two years “make legislators fell like more oversight should be needed of drug task forces.” Watson said.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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