Southern Justice 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.
Sullivan County, Tenn., is being terrorized by the designer drug known as 'bath salts.' The drug has a laundry list of side effects, most notably paranoia and extreme aggression, making users unpredictable and dangerous.
The officers of Sullivan County, Tenn. And Ashe County, N.C. talk a suicidal man out of harming himself and follow up on a charge of domestic abuse that left a woman hospitalized after she was badly beaten.
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.
In Ashe County, North Carolina, deputies attempt to bust an alleged drug dealer. In Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deputy Sam Matney acts on a tip that residents of a home may be 'cooking' and using methamphetamine.
Witness the raid of a suspected residential meth lab with Sullivan County, Tennessee, deputies and the narcotics team. Just across the border, in Washington County, Deputy Shull is responding to a hold-up at an adult novelty store. Then, it's fugitive apprehension day in Sullivan County! Deputies devote one day a month to finding and arresting Sullivan County's most wanted.
In Sullivan County, Tennessee, and Ashe County, North Carolina, justice is served up Southern style. In these county correctional facilities, many of the inmates are regulars. This includes Johnny Grubb, Don Nixon and Savannah Ramey, who are all on a mission to get clean and make this their last time behind bars. Within these walls, good behavior is rewarded with increased freedoms. Johnny and Don are determined to stay out of trouble and earn trustee status
In Clay County, Kentucky, Sheriff Kevin Johnson and his deputies are anticipating a very busy weekend. Officers get a tipoff that leads them to a meth lab in the countryside. Also, a domestic violence case turns into a police chase on foot.