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May 24, 2017

ISO: Drug dealers – Roundup begins for 30 indicted for sale and delivery of illegal narcotics


Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor
BEAN STATION – Several individuals who answered a knock at the door the evening of Friday, May 12, and the early morning hours of Saturday, May 13, may have been surprised to find they were part of a roundup operation being conducted by the Bean Station Police Department (BSPD). The roundup targeted 30 individuals who have been indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury on a total of 53 separate counts of sale and delivery of illegal narcotics. The indictments were achieved as a result of an eight-month undercover investigation by the BSPD. A swarm of officers flooded the area as officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Grainger County Sheriff’s Department joined in the effort to locate and arrest the indicted individuals. To date, a total of 20 individuals have been arrested or are being held in custody prior to being charged. Roger Caudill Jr., 45, Bean Station; Jason Junior Coffey, 38, Bean Station; Jessie Rhinard Coffman, 54, Rutledge; Christy Jenson, 50, Dandridge; Corey Allen Johnson, 27, Bean Station; Nicole Dawn Laskey, 28, Morristown; James Arthur Rickard, 42, Bean Station; Douglas Wayne Scott, 71, Thorn Hill; and Tracy Trigg, 52, Dandridge, were all arrested during the roundup operation that began Friday evening.Bryan Scott Smith, 20, Bean Station, and Travis Bull, 31, Bean Station, were charged in custody at the Grainger County Detention Center Friday, May 12. Kendell Fowler, Morristown, was arrested and charged Tuesday, May 16. Lt. Stephen Kitts, BSPD’s narcotics officer, began “Operation Spring Cleaning” in May 2016. According to a press release issued by BSPD, the operation is the largest ever undertaken in the history of the town. During the course of the investigation, officers have made additional arrests, including the arrest of six individuals in a raid on a home on Clearview Drive, Bean Station in Aug. 2016, as part of an ancillary operation, dubbed “Neighborhood Watch.”Bean Station Police Chief Chad Seal said, “Since the implementation of the narcotics officer position in 2016, we have been working hard to eradicate drugs from the Town of Bean Station.”According to Seal, Kitts was hired by the department for just such a task. “When I became chief, myself and the mayor approached the council and explained this position was needed in Bean Station. We then began the search for an officer to fill the position,”he said. Kitts said, “I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this operation, as well as the community’s involvement. We will continue to work closely with members of the community to clean up our neighborhoods of illicit drug use and sales.”Bean Station Mayor Terry Wolfe said the undercover investigation is part of an effort to make the town more safe for its residents, by ridding the town of those who would promote illegal drug use and its related crimes, such as DUI and burglary. “I am very proud of our police department and each person’s role in making the undercover drug operation successful. From my past experience working narcotics, it is necessary for law enforcement agencies to be proactive and to communicate in order to make the biggest impact on drug trafficking in our communities. I want to reassure the residents of our town that our police
department will continue proactive law enforcement and strive to be the best police agency,” said Bean Station Mayor Terry Wolfe. Roundup Officers began the roundup operation at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, and wrapped up their initial effort at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Those sought on warrants stemming from indictments on sale and delivery of illegal drugs were not the only individuals rounded up by officers throughout the night. During the operation, a number of arrests of individuals on unrelated charges also occurred. While attempting to locate an indicted individual, officers who trekked through weeds and brush to the top of a hill in the dark and rain discovered Caleb Johnson, 18, Bean Station, who was wanted on a charge of DUI. He was arrested and transported to the Grainger County Detention Center. In another instance, officers had just located an individual sought on charges of sale and delivery of illegal narcotics when they also found Joseph Dewayne White, 28, and Lashea Ana May Carter, 28, both of Mooresburg, who were wanted out of Hamblen County for violation of probation. Officers recovered a stolen .22 cal. Sig Sauer, from their vehicle. White is a reported felon. Because the incident occurred in Hawkins County, officers there were called to place charges regarding the stolen weapon. As of press time, charges related to possession of the weapon were pending. White and Carter were arrested and transported to Hamblen County. Johnathan David Long, 30, Mooresburg, was also arrested on a warrant for violation of probation. Seal said, “I’m proud of all my guys. Steve did a great job with this investigation, and all of our officers who participated in the roundup did a fantastic job bringing in suspects. All of our officers who interact with the community on a daily basis do a great job keeping an eye on our streets and neighborhoods in an effort to keep crime to a minimum.”Individuals arrested in connection with Operation Spring Cleaning to date, and their charges are: Travis Bull, 31, Bean Station – Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone) and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (morphine). Bull was additionally charged by the GCSD with violation of probation, two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) .5 grams or more, sale and delivery of a Schedule IIcontrolled substance (oxycodone), sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (morphine) and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (buprenophrine). Roger Caudill, 45, Bean Station – Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Jason Junior Coffey, 38, Bean Station – Two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule IIcontrolled substance (methamphetamine). Jessie Rhinard Coffman, 54, Rutledge – Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) in a Drug-Free Zone. Coffman was additionally charged by the GCSD with two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) .5grams or more.
Kendell Fowler, Morristown – Two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and casual exchange of a Schedule VI controlled substance. Christy Jenson, 50, Dandridge – Three counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Corey Allen Johnson, 27, Bean Station – Two counts of conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance .5 grams or more and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Nicole Dawn Laskey, 28, Morristown – Conspiracy and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). James Arthur Rickard, 42, Bean Station – Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Bryan Scott Smith, 20, Bean Station – Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Smith was additionally charged by the GCSD with two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) .5 grams or more. Douglas Wayne Scott, 71, Thorn Hill – Two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule IIcontrolled substance (oxycodone) and two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (hydrocodone). Scott was additionally charged by the GCSD with two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (hydrocodone), sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone) and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (morphine). Tracy Trigg, 52, Dandridge – Two counts of the sale of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) .5 grams or more in a Drug Free Zone and two counts of sale of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) .5 grams or more.

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One Response “ISO: Drug dealers – Roundup begins for 30 indicted for sale and delivery of illegal narcotics”

  1. Carolyn Hodge
    May 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

    You all need to raid Tater hill, Blanken Dr. and all through Lakeshore and back roads.

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