Crum took over as sheriff in January, and one of the biggest drug busts occurred on Feb. 1, when Crum's team made that early morning roundup. Along with many arrests often came the confiscation of guns and plenty of cash.
There also have been less publicized but often-made arrests of individual suspects based on tips from a fed-up public. Four people in Dingess. A few more in Gilbert, Red Jacket and North Matewan. Some in Williamson.
There have been several dozen arrests so far, although authorities were unable to provide details on the exact number of arrests and indictments under Crum's watch. But all agreed his short tenure as sheriff made a dent in the problem.
"Eugene was our official spearhead on that. That was his podium," said Dallas Toler, who took over Crum's magistrate position. "He kept his word. He took his job to heart. This was his dream."
Exactly one week before Crum's death came another raid: A Kentucky couple suspected of stealing a television from a motel was charged with selling crack cocaine and hydrocodone from a home in East Williamson.
"I made a promise to the residents of this county that if they would elect me to the office of sheriff, I would concentrate on drug cases," Crum once told the Williamson Daily News. "I have proudly kept my promise."
Sometimes, residents who had witnessed the arrests came out of their homes to thank Crum and other members of their team.
"He worked day and night," Toler said. "He was a go-getter. If I needed somebody at 2 o'clock in the morning, I could call him. He was right there. He was like a brother to me.
"If Eugene would have made it, he would have been the best sheriff this county had ever seen. I believe that in my heart."
Friends said when Crum was shot, he was keeping an eye on a place that had been shut down for illegally dispensing prescription drugs to be sure it didn't reopen.
The suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard of Ragland, was shot and wounded by a sheriff's deputy in a chase following the attack on Crum. Maynard remains hospitalized in Huntington.
Toler has vowed to continue the community's strong fight against illegal drugs. Crum's widow, Rosie, has been appointed interim sheriff.
"We're just going to keep doing what Eugene wanted us to do," Toler said. "We're going to clean our county up. Because this county's our home."