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