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More than 30 arrested in Hawkins drug sweep

May 23rd, 2009 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo






ROGERSVILLE — Regular visitors to the Rogersville “Topix” Internet community message board will occasionally see postings asking if a certain person is working as a drug informant for the police.


Based on the number of arrests made over the past two weeks by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, the answer to many of those inquiries is probably yes.


Since May 12, the HCSO Narcotics Unit has arrested 33 drug suspects, mostly on Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment warrants that were handed down on April 27. Some of the cases date as far back as a year.


This was the first time in recent memory that the HCSO has orchestrated a massive drug sweep like this.




Sheriff Roger Christian said although he’s had reservations about leaving suspects on the street while these investigations were ongoing, the end has justified the means.


For the most part, these investigations started with a single arrest in which the suspect turned informant. Over the course of weeks and months, those suspects made drug purchases as confidential informants for the HCSO Narcotics Unit, and detectives began to stockpile evidence against more and more drug traffickers.


“It seemed like one thing would lead to someone else, and instead of making arrests as the incidents occurred, we were leaving our informants out and just following the trail of drugs and dealers as far as they would take us,” Christian said. “We’re just trying to connect the dots, so to speak, and see how many dots we could net up. It was starting to slow down a little bit, and the leads were taking us to the same people over and over again. I decided it was time to take it all to the grand jury.


“I think that we have gotten some (dealers) that really have hurt the people who are wanting these drugs. We’ve made an impact, and obviously we’re not finished. There’s plenty more to go.”


For one case in particular, the investigation was prompted by a March 23 incident at Volunteer High School in which one student was hospitalized, reportedly extremely high on drugs, and two other students were arrested suspected of dealing Klonopin tablets on campus.


As a result of the subsequent investigation, the HCSO has arrested Ricky L. Smith, 20, 152 Hoard Lane, Lot 9, Church Hill, on charges including delivery of Klonopin, criminal responsibility for another, and violation of the Tennessee Drug Free School Zone Act. Smith is accused of being the supplier for the alleged dealers who were arrested on campus.


Also arrested in that case were were two juveniles charged with felony drug trafficking charges, and Katie E. Clendenin, 18, 223 Landcastle Road, Church Hill, who is charged with criminal responsibility for the facilitation of a felony related to the VHS drug trafficking incident.


With so many arrests over such a short period of time, Christian noted that the Hawkins County Jail has been jam packed over the past couple of weeks. He said it’s “a pretty sight” to see so many accused drug dealers in jail.


Others arrested in the recent HCSO drug sweep and their charges are:


• Adam C. Tunnell, 29, 114 Center St., Rogersville, two counts of sale of morphine and possession of cocaine over a half gram.


• Jessie E. Birchfield, 23, 833 Petersburg Road, Rogersville, conspiracy to distribute OxyContin.


• Dustin R. Bradley, 23, 405 Market St., Rogersville, possession of OxyContin for resale, delivery of OxyContin, conspiracy to distribute OxyContin, and possession of Suboxone.


• Jamie L. West, 31, 195 Okolona Road, Church Hill, delivery of morphine and possession of Xanax.


• Tyler M. Rhea, 30, 2472 Main St., Surgoinsville, delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance.


• Lest K. Burchett, 43, 164 E. Madeline Lane, Rogersville, two counts of delivery of Oxycodone.


• Timothy E. Lee, 31, 753 AFG Road, Surgoinsville, possession of marijuana over a half ounce, possession of cocaine, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


• “Junior” Lee Charles Roberts, 24, 833 Petersburg Road, Rogersville, criminal conspiracy to distribute OxyContin.


• David S. Harris, 33, 307 S. Armstrong St., Rogersville, delivery of morphine and possession of morphine for resale.


• Tracy L. Watson, 48, 200 Arrowhead Drive, Apt. F-39, Rogersville, delivery of marijuana over a half ounce.


• Almeda J. Miller, 39, 1600 E. Main St., Rogersville, delivery of meth over a half gram, promotion of manufacturing meth, child abuse, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of legend drugs, and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.


• Kristen A. Mahoney, 26, 1631 E. Main St., Rogersville, delivery of Oxycodone.


• Jill E. Glatt, 32, 165 Pinhook Road, Rogersville, delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance.


• Cecile C. Dingus, 61, 206 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, delivery of morphine.


• Eric S. Williams, 20, 851 Webster Valley Road, Rogersville, delivery of liquid OxyContin.


• George D. Carpenter, 57, 601 E. Louise Ave., Morristown, possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver.


• Alfred L. Willis, 55, 347 Gravely Valley Road, Surgoinsville, delivery of cocaine over a half gram.


• Jacqueline O. Steele, 44, 349 Prices Grove Road, Rogersville, delivery of marijuana more than a half ounce.


• Christopher L. Steele, 40, 349 Prices Grove Road, Rogersville, delivery of marijuana over a half ounce.


• Jonathan K. Trent, 26, 1532 Pressmen’s Home Road, Rogersville, two counts of delivery of meth.


• Jason R. Frazier, 28, 148 Poor Valley Road, Rogersville, delivery of marijuana over a half ounce and casual exchange of marijuana.


• Erin B. Lawson, 26, 148 Poor Valley Road, Rogersville, delivery of marijuana over a half ounce and casual exchange of marijuana.


• Jason S. Bradley, 30, 417 Big Springs Road, Rogersville, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


• Gary W. Lawson, 39, 1004 Redbud Lane, Rogersville, two counts of casual exchange of marijuana.


• Stephanie D. Lawson, 37, 1004 Redbud Lane, Rogersville, two counts of casual exchange of marijuana.


• Patricia A. Calton, 38, 114 S. Holston Drive, Lot 8, Church Hill, delivery of marijuana more than a half ounce and casual exchange of marijuana.


• Bruce A Calton, 53, 114 S. Holston Drive, Lot 8, Church Hill, delivery of marijuana more than a half ounce.


• Bruce H. Boatman, 27, 189 Little Boy Circle, Bean Station, possession of OxyContin with intent to deliver and possession of morphine with intent to deliver.


• Kasey N. Boatman, 21, 189 Little Boy Circle, Bean Station, possession of Suboxone with intent to deliver.



 


 

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