SCSO Capt. Joey Strickler, left, surveys drugs and guns seized during the Thursday morning search warrant. Photo by Rain Smith. Inserts: Clifton Grindstaff, top right; Tracey Odom, bottom right.
A Bluff City couple have been arrested for allegedly selling "multiple pounds" of marijuana per week from their home — located directly between an elementary and middle school.
A warrant was executed early Thursday morning at 444 Cedar St., with six pounds of pot and six firearms seized. The Department of Children's Services were also called to the scene, due to minors living in the home.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports arresting the residents, Clinton Grindstaff, 21, and Tracey Odom, 32. They are each charged with possession of schedule VI drugs for resale within 1,000 feet of a school, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used, stored or sold, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms in commission of a felony.
SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says investigators received information several months ago in regards to drugs being sold at the Cedar Street home. Since that time multiple undercover buys have been conducted, prompting a search warrant to be issued.
The execution of that warrant allegedly found the drugs, firearms and drug paraphernalia. Police say it was a significant bust for the department, as "several pounds" of pot were being moved out of the house each week. It's positioned directly between Bluff City Middle School and Bluff City Elementary, within approximately 100 feet of each.
Odom and Grindstaff were arrested during the search, which also located two children living in the home. The juveniles, ages 13 and 14, were placed into the care of a family member.