MOORESBURG — When Hamblen County resolves its meth trafficking charges with Jeffery Allen Singleton, Hawkins County authorities will be looking to charge the Mooresburg man with meth manufacturing and weapons charges.
Singleton, 43, 129 Shelby Road, Mooresburg, was arrested last week in Morristown as a result of a traffic stop in which police allegedly found him in possession of an eighth of an ounce of meth.
Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said his department was subsequently contacted by Hamblen County authorities regarding information obtained during their investigation.
“Mr. Singleton was brought back into Hawkins County under police escort, at which time he provided us with permission to search his residence,” Christian said. “During that search my deputies seized an array of meth lab components as well as approximately two grams of finished product. We also retrieved an illegally sawed-off shotgun from the residence, and we’ve contacted the ATF (federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).
“We’re consulting with the attorney general about what specifically we’ll be charging Mr. Singleton with, and some of that depends on what the ATF wants to do with him. We’ll definitely be charging him with manufacturing meth, and as soon at Hamblen County is through with him we’ll be bringing him back to our jail.”
Christian said he also seized five vehicles from Singleton’s residence. Christian described Singleton as a notorious drug dealer in the county with previous convictions.
“We feel like the high-dollar possessions that these drug dealers have were obtained with the proceeds of the sale of illegal drugs,” Christian said. “Hopefully we’ll eventually get those vehicles awarded to us, and we’ll sell them and use the money to catch more of them.”