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By Erica Thomas, Managing Editor

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said the driver of a FedEx truck is being questioned after hundreds of packages were found dumped in a ravine last week.

“Investigators have been speaking to FedEx security personnel and the driver has been identified and questioned,” Sheriff Mark Moon posted on social media. “More to come, please be patient as we are currently getting into all the details.”

Moon said 300 to 400 packages were found on private property Wednesday night. FedEx brought in several additional trucks and drivers from all over the south to collect the packages Thursday.

Authorities have not released the identity of the person being questioned. It is unclear if the driver will face criminal charges.

FedEx released a statement Monday:

“The security of our customers’ shipments is a top priority and we are committed to treating our customers’ packages with the utmost care. In addition to cooperating with law enforcement, we have reviewed this situation and can confirm that the individual involved is no longer providing service on behalf of FedEx Ground.

"We regret the inconvenience this situation has caused and appreciate our customers’ understanding throughout the package recovery process. Where possible, recovered packages are being delivered to the intended recipients. In the event of a damaged shipment, we will make every effort to work with the affected shippers to reach a resolution. As always, customers with questions about their shipments can track their packages by visiting http://fedex.com.”

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