"This case is actually a spinoff from the 2017 federal meth case we had. A lot of the defendants in these new indictments were suspects in that original investigation, but we didn't have enough evidence to charge them at that time.” — Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson
Authorities say that from July of 2013 through November of 2016, Chad Allen Dorton smuggled 700-800 pounds of the marijuana, with a street value of more than $3.3 million from Oregon to Kingsport.
When a Morristown man accused of wounding his girlfriend and killing her mother in 2014 comes to trial in Rogersville next February, he’ll already be serving a federal prison sentence of life without parole.
Mount Carmel’s Oak Grove Baptist Church, where Mark Curtis Adams serves as a deacon and youth Sunday school teacher, said in a statement there is no indication of any church members being alleged victims in this case.