Cocaine, meth and guns seized during Hawkins raid

Jeff Bobo • Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 5:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County deputies reportedly seized meth, cocaine, a pistol and an illegally sawed off rifle Monday morning during a drug raid near Rogersville that was precipitated by three undercover drug buys.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Tuesday that his Narcotics Unit had been receiving complaints over the past couple of months about meth trafficking at 717 Route 70N near Rogersville.

During the investigation, narcotics agents allegedly made three undercover purchases of meth from Matthew Glen Russell, 26, who resides at that address.

On Monday morning, a search warrant was executed at the residence by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, the HCSO Tactical Unit and the Third Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The home is occupied by four people including Russell; his mother, Sharon Jean Reed, 51; Reed’s boyfriend, Roger Wesley Osborne, 46; and Russell’s girlfriend, Jeannie Michelle Bowman, 44.

During the search of the bedroom shared by Russell and Bowman, police allegedly located a small amount of meth, a small amount of cocaine, several baggies, electronic scales and a loaded .22-caliber pistol.

Russell is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of a drug offense in Virginia.

Police also allegedly located an illegally sawed off .22-caliber rifle in the bedroom Osborne and Reed share.

Reed has a felony conviction in Tennessee for aggravated burglary and auto burglary.

Russell and Bowman were each charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Russell was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Osborne and Reed were each charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are kept or sold. Osborne was additionally charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, and Reed was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

All four were being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Wednesday morning in Sessions Court.

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