The Drug Free Tennessee campaign led to the formation of the 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force (21st DTF) in 1988. Since that time, the 21st DTF has been committed to combating the devastating effects of drug trafficking and drug abuse in the 21st Judicial District in Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry Counties. In September 2022, the 21st Judicial District was changed by the Tennessee General Assembly to encompass only Williamson County. In order to fulfill our commitment, the 21st DTF is dedicated to the identification, investigation and prosecution of those individuals responsible for the violation of local, state and federal statutes associated with the procurement, manufacture, distribution and/or sale of drugs and narcotics. We strive to complete that mission while applying the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability.
Our objectives are accomplished by Agents who began their careers as patrol officers and were individually selected based on their ambition, integrity and experience with drug investigations. Agents conduct a wide range of investigations to include covert operations involving street level drug dealers, pharmaceutical drug diversion and clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. Agents also assist with complex wire operations aimed at organized illegal drug networks and investigate complex multi-state and national drug trafficking organizations that are responsible for shipments of drugs into the state which are ultimately sold at the street level.
Although the primary focus of the 21st DTF is illegal drug activity within Williamson County, we realize that criminal activity knows no boundaries. Therefore, the 21st DTF maintains good working relationships with various local, state and federal agencies throughout the country and shares intelligence with these agencies on a regular basis. In addition, Agents at the 21st DTF work closely with the District Attorney’s Office to develop thorough prosecutable cases that move through the judicial system in an efficient manner.
The 21st DTF is overseen by the District Attorney General of the 21st Judicial District and the Chief’s and Sheriff’s within the 21st District. Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis at various locations throughout the district. Although each of the Chiefs and Sheriffs within the 21st district are invited to participate and be a member of the board, by law the only members of the board that are eligible to vote on 21st DTF business are those that contribute money, man-power or equipment in support of the 21st DTF.