TRINITY BRIAN LIVESAY
ROGERSVILLE — Officers with the Third Judicial Drug Task Force confiscated 10 ounces of imported Mexican "Ice" meth, as well as more than $10,000 in cash and other drugs as the result of a three-county investigation that resulted in five arrests.
Task force director Timothy Davis, who is based in Greene County, said the meth alone has a street value of $34,000.
"These were not street level dealers," Davis said. "We've been eat up with this crystal down here. It's referred to as 'Ice'. It's not 'bathtub' or 'shake-and-bake' meth that you make at the house. It's imported from super-labs, and most of what we're seeing in our area right now we believe is coming from Mexican super-labs."
Four of the five suspects arrested are from Hawkins County, and the fifth is from Sneedville.
The Third Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from law enforcement agencies in Hawkins, Greene, Hamblen and Hancock counties.
On Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Detective Scott Stewart, who is currently on loan to the task force, received information from Hancock County Sheriff Leamon Maxie about two people in the Hawkins County area distributing the "Ice" type of meth. The source of Maxie's information was not released.
That information led to a traffic stop on Clinch Valley Road in Hawkins County and the arrest of Joyce A. Livesay, 49, 1602 Melinda Ferry Road, Bulls Gap; and Terry Lee Lawson Jr., 39, 103 Mary Trent Road, Sneedville.
A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed them to be in possession of 23 grams of marijuana packaged for resale, nine grams of Ice packaged for resale, $376 in cash, and drug paraphernalia including digital scales, baggies and pipes.
Both were charged with felony possession of meth and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Both remain held in the Hawkins County Jail on $750,000 bond each with arraignment set for March 19.
On Tuesday the task force received information from a confidential source that Joyce Livesay's son, Trinity Brian Livesay, was staying at a motel off of I-81's Exit 36 in Baileyton, where he was allegedly distributing narcotics.
Davis said surveillance was established at the motel.
On Tuesday afternoon, Trinity Livesay left in one vehicle with his girlfriend, Stacy Michelle White, while Christopher Shayne Surplis left alone in another vehicle heading in the opposite direction.
The Livesay vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation, and a K-9 unit allegedly alerted on the vehicle for narcotics being present.
"We had identified the driver of the other vehicle (Surplis), knew his license to be suspended, and patrol officers stopped him as well," Davis said. "After the K-9 unit cleared the first stop (Livesay), it came to the second and alerted there as well. As a result of the search, we seized a large quantity of meth, marijuana, pills, and other assorted narcotics and cash."
The lion's share of the drugs and cash was allegedly seized from the vehicle occupied by Trinity Livesay, 28, 1302 Rt. 113, Bulls Gap; and White, 29, same address.
Davis said that aside from 10 ounces of Ice, officers seized hundreds of pills including oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, Valium, Xanax, Viagra and Lyrica, as well as several ounces of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and a small amount of cocaine, and more than $10,000 in cash.
Livesay and White were each charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver; possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule V narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule VI narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both remain held in the Greene County Detention Center on $211,000 bond and are scheduled for arraignment this morning.
Surplis, 26, 499 Hawkins Street Apt. 5 Rogersville, was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule VI narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.
Surplis remains held in the Greene County Detention Center on $142,000 bond with arraignment set for this morning.