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Hawkins drug raidsland seven in jail

March 5th, 2007 11:21 am by Jeff Bobo




ROGERSVILLE - Two unrelated drug raids resulting in seven arrests kept Hawkins County narcotics investigators busy over the past few days.


The most recent raid took place Saturday around 9 p.m. when the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Robert Estes, 36, 130 Reesor Hollow Road, Church Hill.


Sheriff Roger Christian said Sunday that narcotics officers received information from confidential informants that marijuana trafficking was taking place at the Estes residence. Upon searching the residence deputies allegedly seized a quarter pound of marijuana.


Also at the residence at the time of the raid was Kim Marlene Mayes, 39, 137 Byington Road, Rogersville; and Troy Dean Lawson, 36, 1044 Tipton Lane, Church Hill.


Mayes' 4-year-old child was also allegedly at the residence at the time of the raid. The Department of Children's Services was notified and the child was released into the custody of a relative.


Estes was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony and child endangerment. He was released from jail on $10,000 bond.


Mayes was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment, and was released on $3,000 bond. Lawson was charged with simple possession of marijuana, casual exchange of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on $1,000 bond.


The HCSO Narcotics Unit made four other arrests Wednesday afternoon while executing an arrest warrant on a Bulls Gap residence where a recently active meth lab was allegedly seized.


Christian said that based on the odor in the residence at 682 Bulls Gap St./St. Clair Road, Bulls Gap, Narcotics Unit investigators surmised that a meth "cook" had taken place within the past 12 hours. That suspicion was reinforced by the alleged seizure of about 24 grams of meth, which would be right around the amount that the "medium-sized" lab seized at the residence would produce, Christian added.


Once again the HCSO Narcotics Unit used information received from a confidential informant to obtain a search warrant Wednesday for Benton Chester Greene, 49, of that residence. Upon searching the residence deputies allegedly seized the meth lab, the powder meth and a large number of pills including methadone, hydrocodone, valium and a small amount of marijuana.


Greene was charged with 11 counts, including manufacturing meth, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule IV narcotics for resale, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, simple possession of marijuana, casual exchange of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He remains held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond due to being on bond for drug charges in Hamblen County at the time of his arrest.


Also at the residence at the time of the raid were:


•Greene's son Dexter Burton Greene, 20, 1257 Joe Hall Road, Morristown, who was charged with manufacturing meth and three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Dexter Greene was held on $25,000 bond.


•Dale William Rickard, 24, 579 Coffey Lane, Rutledge, who was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Rickard was held without bond due to being on bond for drug charges in Hamblen County at the time of his arrest.


•Wesley Robert Crockett, 38, 2357 Anderson Bend Road, Russellville, who was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Crockett was held on $10,000 bond.



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