explores the work of law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County, TN and Ashe County, NC, headed up by Sheriff Wayne Anderson and Sheriff James Williams, respectively. These sheriffs share a philosophy best described as “Andy Griffith in the 21st century,” and are tasked with protecting these unique, close-knit communities, which often requires a mix of action and compassion. And if a peaceful solution proves impossible, both agencies are ready with SWAT teams to handle the most violent situations. (Source:
National Geographic Channel)
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Within 10 days, three pharmacies are robbed of prescription painkillers. Sheriff's deputies and detectives try to determine if a single suspect is responsible for all three robberies. The thief gets away with tablets of prescription painkillers including Oxycontin, nicknamed hillbilly heroin. In Ashe County, North Carolina, deputies defuse a domestic incident in which a man becomes belligerent with authorities after allegedly drinking mouthwash containing alcohol.
Sullivan County, Tennessee, deputies and detectives conduct a nonstop manhunt after a man in his 20s is accused of raping a woman in her 70s. Accused of other crimes, including kidnapping and burglary, the man is finally caught in a forest, but appears to be unconscious. In Ashe County, North Carolina, a depressed economy and lack of jobs has only added to the problem of alcoholism. When a fight breaks out in a bar, Deputy Josh Hoppy Hopkins finds himself caught in the middle.