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HCSO seizes 45.6 grams of meth, guns from accused dealer and 'enforcer'

Jeff Bobo • Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 8:49 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — An alleged meth trafficker and his "enforcer" were arrested during a Hawkins County Sheriff's Office raid Friday morning at a residence near Surgoinsville.

HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Lynn Campbell said the search warrant executed at 370 Watterson Gap Road on Friday morning around 6:30 a.m. was obtained following an investigation that included undercover drug purchases.

Deputies allegedly seized 45.6 grams of meth with a street value of about $4,500, a loaded shotgun, pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a bedroom shared by Edward Ray Walters, 47, of that address; and Rachel Hope Christian, 29, 129 Shepards Drive, Bulls Gap.

Another 2.1 grams of meth, a loaded pistol and a loaded shotgun were seized from the bedroom of Jaime Nicole Wilson, 41, who allegedly admitted to police she moved in two months ago to serve as "enforcer" for their drug-trafficking organization.

"Jaime also stated she sells meth to multiple people when cohabitant Walters would leave the residence," said HCSO Detective Gary Lawson.

Lawson said Walters also gave a statement "to his involvement in the distribution of meth.”

Christian reportedly stated she used meth twice a day that she got from Walters and she had knowledge of the distribution of meth from the house.

Walters and Wilson each have previous felony convictions for burglary in South Carolina.

They were both charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Walters was additionally charged with simple possession of Schedule III narcotics, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV narcotics and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christian was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug use, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, simple possession of Schedule III narcotics, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV narcotics and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two other people were arrested at the residence during Friday's raid including Walters’ brother, Michael James Walters, 43, 115 Ford Lane, Church Hill, who allegedly admitted that one of the shotguns seized was in his possession the night before.

Michael Walters was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon stemming from his 2008 convicted for aggravated burglary and felony theft.

Beverly Ann Brooks, 33, 165 Cross Valley Road Lot 7, Surgoinsville was found in possession of 15 grams of marijuana and allegedly stated she was there to sell marijuana and buy meth with the proceeds.

Brooks was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

All five were scheduled for arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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