Christopher Carl Lawson, Brandon Lee Murrell and Christopher Robert Gorman
Hawkins County deputies nabbed three men last week who were allegedly attempting
to make a drug deal involving meth at a public park in Rogersville.
the evening hours of Sept. 4 the HCSO Narcotics Unit was conducting an
undercover surveillance operation in the Swift Mini-Park, which is located on
Hasson Street in the vicinity of several churches and the Chip Hale Center.
According to a report released by Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, during the
operation narcotics officers were able to determine that a quantity of meth was
being brought to the park for the purpose of delivering it to another
Once the meth arrived at the park, narcotics officers approached
three individuals at the swing set, Lawson added.
As officers approached, one
of the men, Brandon Lee Murrell, 20, 289 Byrd Creek Road, Sneedville, allegedly
tossed a small clear baggy of meth onto the ground.
Another male, who was
identified as Christopher Carl Lawson, 38, 2651 Sherm Mountain Road, Sneedville,
reportedly attempted to walk away, at which time narcotics officers allegedly
observed him toss something to the ground.
Lawson was apprehended and
detained, at which time the tossed item was recovered and allegedly found to be
a partial suboxone sublingual film.
A third male who had traveled in the
same vehicle as the other two was identified as Christopher Robert Gorman, 26,
who claimed to be homeless.
A search of the vehicle all three had traveled to
the park in resulted in a small amount of marijuana being recovered from beneath a
child safety seat next to where Murrell had been seated.
There was no child
Narcotics officers also allegedly recovered a used syringe inside
the vehicle, which was determined to belong to Lawson.
investigation, it determined that all involved individuals were aware of the
reasoning for going to the Swift Mini-Park and had knowledge that they were
going there to conduct an illegal drug transaction,” Sheriff Lawson
Murrell was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and
simple possession of marijuana.
Lawson was charged with facilitating the
offense of possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule III
narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gorman was charged with
criminal responsibility for possession of meth with intent to deliver.
three were scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court