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Large Tuolumne County Drug Enforcement Operation

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It may have been one of the largest law enforcement operations in Tuolumne County. Sgt Jim Mele, head of the Tuolumne County Narcotics team, said that his officers were searching a piece of property on Draper Mine Road looking for methamphetamine. The search included officials from the Tuolumne County Sheriff´s narcotics teams, SWAT team members, California Highway Patrol, state Department of Corrections officials and the Army National Guard. The operation included an OH-58 helicopter in the air, a tank like vehicle on the ground and heavily armed SWAT team members emerging out of an armored vehicle.