The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was created in 1999 and has grown steadily since. The group now operates in all 95 counties and has earned the reputation as one of the most active and innovative methamphetamine task forces in the country. In 2007, Director Mark Gwyn accepted the recommendation of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force State-wide Executive Board of Directors for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to become the grantee agency for more than $4 million in no-match federal funding.
The Director of the Meth Task Force is headquartered in Chattanooga and is a supervisor in TBI’s Drug Investigation Division. The Meth Task Force is a partnership of federal, state and local agencies working to combat the illegal manufacture, distribution and use of methamphetamine. It trains and provides specialized equipment to thousands of law enforcement officers across the state, enabling them to investigate and dismantle clandestine methamphetamine laboratories as well as apprehend and prosecute methamphetamine offenders. Additionally, intelligence information allowing officers to strategically target, investigate and prosecute significant offenders is provided. As a result, Task Force members have dismantled and processed thousands of clandestine labs and contaminated sites, closed and forfeited several businesses that illegally provided chemicals and equipment to methamphetamine manufacturers, helped prosecute more than a thousand offenders and rescued several hundred children from toxic and life-threatening environments.