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BREAKING NEWS Authorities arrest local woman suspected of murder-for-hire

A 60-year-old Unicoi County woman was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of murder-for-hire, according to Unicoi County Sheriff's Department spokesman Robie Sullins.

The department, working in tandem with Erwin and state police, as well as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, made the arrest shortly after 8 p.m. in the Clear Branch community, in the southern part of the county.

UCSD Chief Deputy Ronnie Adkins noted that the investigation is ongoing at this time, and more arrests may follow.

Adkins and Sullins both indicated that authorities are not disclosing any names or details connected to the case at this time, but Adkins did say that intended victims in the murder-for-hire operation were Unicoi County citizens.

Adkins added that the involved agencies conducted a sting on a “transaction” involving the female subject who was arrested. He said narcotics and money were both involved in the transaction.

Sullins said the department would release a full statement on Wednesday morning.

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