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October 12, 2017

Captain Leon Spoone of the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department conducts a pat down search during Operation September Suppression.

Photo by Tracey Wolfe

Operation September Suppression nets 31 arrests in one day


Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor

RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Sheriff’s Department conducted “Operation September Suppression” Wednesday, September 27.

During the operation, officers with the sheriff’s department, 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Tennessee Department of Corrections flooded the county, rounding up 17 individuals who had been indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury and 14 individuals with outstanding warrants.

Several of those arrested Wednesday were charged in connection with an extensive undercover drug operation by the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department and the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Members of a Grainger County Grand Jury returned a six-count indictment for James Reese Benning, Knoxville, May 9, 2016. The indictment states Benning sold and delivered more than one-half of an ounce of marijuana, a Schedule VI controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of school and sold and delivered Oxymorephone and Fentanyl, Schedule II controlled substances. Benning was arrested and held on a bond of $25,000.

James Grady Dixon, Rutledge, was indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury, May 9, 2016, for the sale and the delivery of morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Dixon was arrested and held on a $20,000 bond.

Mitchell Lee Atkins, Rutledge, was indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury, May 8, 2017, for the sale and the delivery of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance. Atkins was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Amber Smith-Closson, Bean Station, was indicted, May 8, 2017, for the sale and the delivery of .5 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Smith-Closson was arrested and held on a $50,000 bond with GPS requirement.

A Grainger County Grand Jury returned a six-count indictment, May 8, 2017, charging Tony Andrew Grubb, Blaine, with three counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance. Grubb was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

James Jason Coffey (a.k.a. Mater), Bean Station, was indicted by a Grand Jury, January 5, 2017, for two counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of more than .5 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine. Coffey was arrested and held on a $20,000 bond.

Teresa Diane Ramsey, Rutledge, was charged by a Grand Jury in a two-count indictment May 9, 2016 with the sale and the delivery of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance. Ramsey was arrested and held without bond.

Grand Jurors returned one six-count indictment, one five-count indictment and one two-count indictment, May 8, 2017, charging Wilson Wilmoth, Washburn, with six counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of .5 ounce or more of a substance containing marijuana, a Schedule VI controlled substance, and one count of possession of a firearm during the attempted commission of a dangerous felony. Wilson Wilmoth was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Donna Wilmoth, Washburn, was charged by a Grand Jury, May 8, 2017, on multiple indictments for four counts each of the sale and the delivery of .5 ounce or more of a substance containing marijuana, a Schedule VI controlled substance. She was also indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm during the attempted commission of a dangerous felony. Donna Wilmoth was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Donnika Jordan, Washburn, was charged in three multi-count indictments by a Grand Jury, May 8, 2017, with three counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of .5 ounce or more of a substance containing marijuana, a Schedule VI controlled substance. Jordan was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Jeffrey Lee Miller, Rutledge, was charged by a Grainger County Grand Jury in a two-count indictment, May 9, 2016, with the sale, and the delivery, of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Miller was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Gerald Don Lowe, Rutledge, was indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury, August 16, 2017, on one count of attempted aggravated assault and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Lowe was arrested and held on a $5,000 bond.

Tyler Chase Atkins, Bean Station, was indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury August 16, 2017 on one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance. Atkins was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Skyler James, Rutledge, was indicted by a Grainger County Grand Jury August 16, 2017 on one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of a substance containing methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. James was arrested and held without bond.

A Grainger County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment, May 8, 2017, charging Stacy Lynn Davis, Mooresburg, with one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Davis was arrested and held on a $10,000 bond.

Roy Vaughn Collins (a.k.a. Bear), Blaine, was charged in three multi-count indictments by a Grainger County Grand Jury, August 16, 2017, with a total of five counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; one count of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, with intent to sell; and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Collins was arrested and held without bond.

Joshua Dean Crews, Thorn Hill, was charged in a 10-count indictment by a Grainger County Grand Jury, January 5, 2017, with two counts each of the sale, and the delivery, of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance; one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; and one count each of the sale, and the delivery, of morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Crews was arrested and held on a $20,000 bond.

Several individuals with outstanding warrants were also located and arrested during Wednesday’s Operation September Suppression.

Skyler James, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with forgery. Sandra Donelson, Thorn Hill, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. Chris Fleeman, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. Chelsey Collins, Sneedville, was arrested and charged with failure to appear and violation of probation. Brittney Miller, Knoxville, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. Abbie Welch, Corryton, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. Jeffrey Grooms, Newport, was arrested and charged with failure to appear and violation of probation. Eric Brown, Luttrell, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. Travis Brogan, Luttrell, was arrested and charged with two counts of violation of probation. Jacob Trent, Morristown, was arrested and charged with violation of probation.

Jessee Short, Whitesburg, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. Christopher Watson, Blaine, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. Jonathan Ogan, Bean Station, was arrested and charged with theft less than $1,000. Edward Barnett, Bean Station, was arrested and charged with violation of probation.

Seven individuals involved in the undercover illicit drug investigation had

been arrested prior to Wednesday’s roundup operation.

David Davis, Jefferson City, was arrested September 11, and was charged with the sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. He was held on a $10,000 bond.

Megan Yates, Blaine, was arrested September 11, and was charged with the sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was held on a $10,000 bond.

Lois Bull, New Market, was arrested September 11, and was charged with the sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was held on a $25,000 bond.

Stephanie King, Bean Station, was arrested August 28, and was charged with thre

e counts of sale of a Schedule III controlled substance and three counts of delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance. She was held on a $20,000 bond.

Johnny Harris, Rutledge, was arrested August 31, and was charged with sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance. He was held on a $20,000 bond.

Stacey White, Bean Station, was arrested August 31, and was charged with the sale of oxycodone and delivery of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance; sale of methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; and two counts each of the sale of morphine and delivery of morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was held on a $50,000 bond and GPS requirement.

Kenneth Carpenter, Bean Station, was arrested August 28, and was charged with two counts each of the sale and the delivery of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was held without bond.

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