According to information released Thursday afternoon by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the findings were the result of months of investigation. The SCSO reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Administration have also been involved in the cases.
Their combined efforts led to a search warrant being executed Friday at 1391 Dunlap Road, Blountville. Prior to searching the home, police tried to conduct a traffic stop on the resident, Jason Spears. He reportedly ignored police on Fort Henry Drive, then fled onto Interstate 81. His vehicle was later located in Gray.
Meanwhile, inside Spears’ home the SCSO located approximately nine ounces of meth, a shotgun, “an Uzi-style gun containing a suspected silencer” and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. An arrest warrant was then obtained for Spears on both drug distribution and weapons charges.
On Wednesday, investigators with the SCSO Vice Unit located Spears. At Boone Store on Highway 75 in Kingsport he was taken into custody without incident. When arrested, he allegedly possessed five ounces of meth, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia. A motorcycle he had been riding was seized.
On Thursday afternoon, Spears remained held in the Sullivan County jail on both local and federal charges.