Press Release: October 14 Methamphetamine Roundup

October 15th, 2010

On October 14, 2010, officers with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Dunlap Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tennessee Meth Task Force arrested 18 individuals on State Court indictments. These individuals were involved in a multi-county Methamphetamine manufacturing conspiracy.  The State Court indictments are a spin-off of a Federal investigation which landed 44 people in Federal Custody earlier this year.

The individuals that have been arrested today were allegedly gathering precursor chemicals that were needed to manufacture methamphetamine.  Those chemicals include pseudoephedrine, iodine, and red phosphorous.  These individuals, which law enforcement refer to as “smurfs”, would then take those chemicals and trade them for methamphetamine or cash money.

Law Enforcement officers are still looking for 9 more people that have been indicted as part of this conspiracy.  Those arrested that were booked in Marion County include:

Additionally, the following individuals were arrested and then booked at the Sequatchie County Jail:

  • Karen Dempsey
  • Tiffany Herd
  • Tim Angle
  • Elizabeth Higgins
  • Natalie Prater Boston

Wanted: Homer Dwayne Richardson and Cassandra Henry

September 2nd, 2010

On 8-31-10 Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department went to a residence that is located at 1022 West Francis Springs Road to serve a Theft of Property arrest warrant on Cassandra Henry. When deputies arrived at the residence they encountered chemicals which are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.  Deputies asked the property owner for consent to search the residence for any methamphetamine related items.  Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department then arrived at the residence to assist in the search.  Upon searching the basement and surrounding woods behind the residence Detectives found chemicals and equipment that is used to manufacture methamphetamine. Based upon the evidence recovered at the scene Detectives have issued arrest warrants for Homer Dwayne Richardson.  The warrants are for Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacturing and for Initiation of a Process Intended to result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Burnett stated that Detectives have been conducting an investigation for the past several months on Mr. Richardson.  Sheriff Burnett also stated that Mr. Richardson was one of the first people ever arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine in Marion County.  Mr. Richardson served time in Federal Prison for manufacturing methamphetamine and for unlawfully possessing firearms from 1999 to 2006.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dwayne Richardson or Cassandra Henry is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 423-942-2525.

Investigators seize an indoor hydroponic marijuana grow

June 17th, 2010

On June 15, 2010 investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Task Force, and the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a Federal Search Warrant on a residence that is located on Sweetwater Road in Whitwell, TN.  The execution of the search warrant is part of a two year investigation that involved the manufacturing of marijuana. During the search of the residence investigators seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana growing equipment, several firearms, and 60 marijuana plants.  The marijuana plants were set up and growing in two bedrooms inside of the residence. Based on the evidence it appeared that the marijuana plants had been started utilizing a hydroponic grow system and then transferred into regular containers in order to complete the growing process. The hydroponic system requires specialized equipment and allows for the plants to grow faster than they would under normal conditions.

The investigation began in the summer of 2008 after marijuana plants were cut from property next to the Sequatchie River near Whitwell. The plants were spotted by a helicopter which is used by the Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force.

At this time no arrests have been made in this case due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing. At the conclusion of the investigation the case will be presented to a Federal Grand Jury in Chattanooga to determine what charges will be filled.

Update on the Memorial Day Weekend Homicide

June 11th, 2010

A update on the aforementioned homicide:

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 19-yr old Cody Anderson in the Memorial Day weekend homicide of Jeremy Brent Hughes.  Anderson is charged with Criminal Homicide and is currently awaiting arraignment in the Marion County Jail.

Anderson has confessed to the crime and the murder weapon has been recovered.

To read the original story about this incident, click here.

TBI Seeks Public’s Help in Marion County Homicide

June 4th, 2010

UPDATE:

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 19-yr old Cody Anderson in the Memorial Day weekend homicide of Jeremy Brent Hughes.  Anderson is charged with Criminal Homicide and is currently awaiting arraignment in the Marion County Jail.

Anderson has confessed to the crime and the murder weapon has been recovered.

Original release continues below:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, is seeking the public’s help with an unsolved homicide that occurred sometime over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The victim, 34 year old Jeremy Brent Hughes, was discovered dead in his home, 209 Chambers Road, Jasper, Tennessee, at approximately 12:30 PM on Sunday, May 30, 2010. The preliminary autopsy revealed that he suffered severe head trauma. A neighbor last saw Hughes around 3:30PM on Saturday, May 29, 2010.

Anyone with information about Hughes murder is urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Marion County Sheriff’s Department at 1-423-942-2525.

14 More In Federal Custody on Drug and Firearm Related Charges

May 21st, 2010

On May 20, 2010 Officers arrested 14 more people in connection with a Federal Methamphetamine Conspiracy case. Those arrested were Guadaloope Gaitan also known as Loopy, Dana Morrison also known as Cooter, Jeffery Layne also known as Beasel, Keith Foshee also known as Worm, Donny Campbell also known as Chicken Noodle, Michael Edenfield also known as Me-Mike, Kevin Thompson, Mike Coffelt also known as Paranoia, William Landolt also known as Willie, Jason Miller also known as Killer Miller, Jeffery Smith, Aaron Sullivan, Darryl Pursley, and Charles Jeffery Bowman of Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie, and Warren Counties, for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and to acquire and possess pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as numerous substantive counts stemming from the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, the illegal possession of firearms, and maintaining “drug houses,” located in Marion and Grundy Counties. Those arrested will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter for their initial appearance.

The indictment alleges that the conspiracy began in January 2007 and continued through May 2010. Documents filed in U.S. District Court indicate that the defendants listed above conspired with other defendants that were taken into Federal Custody in January 2010.

During one of the arrests a methamphetamine lab and multiple firearms were discovered at Mike Coffelt’s residence which is located on 55th Avenue in Gruetli Laager, TN.  All of the other defendants were taken into custody without incident.

The investigation is has been a joint effort which had been led by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Task Force.  Assisting in the investigation and arrests were the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Dunlap Police Department, Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, and Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

Since January of 2010 a total of 52 defendants have been taken into Federal Custody as part of the 41 month long multi county investigation.  Sheriff Bo Burnett stated that this investigation shows how the cooperation between the surrounding agencies has paid off.  For years criminals have got away with committing crimes simply by crossing county or state lines to be involved in criminal activity.  Crime knows no boundaries and with this investigation it is evident that one county’s problems are also the neighboring county’s problems.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Department will continue to work with its local, state, and federal partners in an effort rid our communities of methamphetamine production and distribution.

Crack cocaine distributor receives 240 months in Federal Prison.

April 8th, 2010

On April 8, 2010 Avery Green of South Pittsburg, TN was sentenced to serve 240 months in Federal Prison by United States Chief District Judge Curtis Collier. Mr. Green will also have to spend an additional 8 years on supervised Federal Probation once he is released from prison.

Mr. Green had been arrested on a Federal Indictment on June 06, 2009 and was charged with distributing crack cocaine on at least six occasions between April of 2008 and April of 2009. Mr. Green distributed close to 50 grams of crack cocaine during the undercover drug purchases. All of these transactions took place within 1,000 feet of the South Pittsburg High School property.

The case was prosecuted through the Sheriff’s Department’s partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation East Tennessee Drug Unit also assisted in the investigation.

Sheriff Bo Burnett stated the partnership with the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force is designed to prosecute the “worst of the worst” drug distributors and violent offenders. In this case Mr. Green had previously been convicted three times for distributing crack cocaine and had been arrested numerous times and charged with aggravated assault.

Second Meth Lab in 16 Days Lands a Whitwell Mountain Resident in Federal Custody

April 5th, 2010

For the second time in 16 days a Whitwell Mountain resident has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. On March 16, 2010 Sheriff’s Department Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Jimmy Dale Green aka Dobber which is located at 396 Worley Lane on Whitwell Mountain. Detective Chad Johnson obtained the search warrant after receiving information from the Whitwell Police Department that there was marijuana and stolen property in the home. Upon searching the residence Detectives found the marijuana, stolen property, along with chemicals and equipment which are used to manufacture methamphetamine. Mr. Green was taken into custody on the charges of Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and Initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. On March 18, 2010 Mr. Green was released from the Marion County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

​On April 01, 2010 Marion County Sheriff’s Department Detectives received information while conducting another investigation that Mr. Green was again going to be manufacturing methamphetamine. MCSD Detectives, Jasper Police Department Officers, TBI Agents, and 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force Agents then set up surveillance on a location where Mr. Green was going to be picking up some meth manufacturing chemicals. When officers attempted to stop Mr. Green he fled the location in a Pontiac Grand Prix nearly striking several officers. As officers attempted to stop Mr. Green they observed objects being thrown from the vehicle as it traveled southbound on Valley View Highway. Mr. Green eventually wrecked into a ditch at the intersection of Valley View Highway and Jones Crossing Road. After a brief foot chase into the woods officers took Mr. Green and his wife Heather Green into custody. Detectives then went and recovered the items which were thrown from the vehicle and discovered a duffel bag that contained a meth lab. Heather Green was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail and charged with Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and Initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Mrs. Green is still currently in jail on a $3,500 bond. Jimmy Green was taken into Federal Custody for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Mr. Green remains in federal custody where he has been detained without a bond.

​Sheriff Burnett stated that this case is a good example of the partnership that the Sheriff’s Department has established with the Federal Government through Project Safe Neighborhoods. The Sheriff’s Department will continue to seek federal prosecution against repeat drug dealers and violent offenders in an effort to keep them off of the streets and out of our communities for as long as possible.

Seven From Marion County in Federal Custody

March 4th, 2010

On 03-02-10 officers took 7 individuals from Marion County into Federal Custody as part of year long drug and firearms investigation.  The case was investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Task Force.  Those arrested include:

Perry Davis 49 years old of Guild, TN

Greg Rutherford 58 years old of Jasper, TN

Freddie McCulley 46 years old of Guild, TN

Jack Carson 51 years old of Jasper, TN

Theodore Henry 27 years old of Whiteside, TN

Jamie Harris 38 years old of Whiteside, TN

Miguel Lopez Bracamontes 32 years old of South Pittsburg, TN

Charges on the individuals range from Conspiracy to Distribute more than 50 grams of Methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and multiple single counts of distributing methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that that Davis, Rutherford, McCulley, Carson, Henry, and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury conspired to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of these offenses the individuals face a rang of incarceration from 5 years to Life, depending on their previous criminal convictions.

Haris was charged with a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bracamontes was charged with a single count of being an illegal immigrant in possession of a firearm.

During the investigation officers seized 60 illegally possessed firearms from the group, officers also seized several vehicles, motorcycles, and a camper trailer.  The vehicles had either been used to transport or store methamphetamine.

Most of the seized items will be auction by the Sheriff’s Department.  Money made from that auction will be place back into the county’s drug fund and will be used to pay for future drug related investigations.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department would also like to thank the following agencies that provided some assistance during the investigation.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Marion County Special Response Team, and South Pittsburg Police Department.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department would also like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office in Chattanooga, TN for prosecuting the case.

Three Marion County Residents Arrested By ATF

March 2nd, 2010

Three Marion County residents are behind bars after federal ATF agents raided the Outlaws Motorcycle Clubhouse in Chattanooga early last Thursday morning. These arrests were made as a result of a long-term undercover investigation led by the ATF with the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Tenth Judicial District Drug Task Force, TBI, the Chattanooga Police Department, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

James Parker, Gary Raines, and Hershell Raines of Marion County were among 13 others arrested on drug, firearm and child pornography charges based on federal grand jury indictments. Hearings are set to begin early this week, while trial dates for Gary and Hershell Raines have already been set for April 27th. They are charged with four counts of conspiracy to distribution cocaine and substantive cocaine distribution charges. If convicted, both would face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and up to a $1,000,000 fine for each count.

For the full story, including details on the other Chattanooga residents involved in the raid, visit the article written over at the Chattanoogan.