Investigation Into Organization Distributing Meth Yields Arrest

Friday, January 21, 2022

Agents with the 3rd District Drug Task Force, Greene County Narcotics, Hawkins County Narcotics, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greeneville Police Department, and Hancock County Sheriff's Office began an ongoing investigation into an organization responsible for distributing multiple kilos of methamphetamine into the 3rd Judicial District as well as the surrounding areas that had a direct link to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization.

Agents found multiple distributors in the 3rd District who were receiving meth in kilo quantities on a weekly basis. One of the sources was located in Greeneville around the Tusculum University campus area of Greene County.

A search warrant was executed by agents of the DTF with assistance from the Greeneville Police Department swat team and a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent and they found 716 grams of meth, 63 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of heroin, several pills, and seven guns, three of which were stolen.

A male subject was arrested during this search warrant who had fled from police in the recent past. During this arrest, he was found with 15 grams of meth and two handguns. The drugs, guns, and a car were seized during the execution of this warrant.

Later in the investigation, agents made several more controlled meth buys from another associate member of the organization. Another search warrant was obtained and executed where 978.1 grams of meth, a number of pills, and a handgun were seized.

Agents of the 3rd DTF, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, and Hancock County Sheriff's Office began working yet another side to this group where agents and deputies conducted several undercover operations in the Hancock County and Hawkins County areas of the 3rd District where they made several controlled purchases and traffic stops, and executed search warrants where they seized approximately six kilos in a two-week period.

Agents then made an arrest of the primary suspect in the area who later admitted to travelling to Nashville, Atlanta, and Texas in order to obtain large amounts of meth and heroin pills. Subjects in the group gave statements to agents that they had picked up approximately 200 kilos at a time in these locations and brought it back into the 3rd District to be distributed by these individuals.

These seizures were a result of the six full-time and two part-time agents assigned to the Third Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. Participating Agencies include: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Greeneville Police Department, Surgoinsville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Third Judicial District Attorney General's Office.

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