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Maryville, TN 37804

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April 20, 2012 Contact: Marian O'Briant
Telephone: 273-5110
Cell Phone: 755-8640
E-mail: mobriant@bcso.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Four people arrested, cocaine and $50,000 cash seized

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong announced today four men were arrested and charged with drug-related offenses, and almost two kilograms of cocaine with a street value between $52,700 to $74,400, as well as more than $50,000 was seized following a five month long investigation by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force.

The following individuals were charged:
" Saul Eugenio Sanchez, 26, Avalon Drive, Louisville, charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to resell; three counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on bonds totaling $101,000.
" Jose Luis Meza-Rosas, 28, Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville, charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to resell. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
" Rudolfo Alarcon-Jinez, 19, Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to resell. He is being held on a $25,000 bond
" Juan Hernandez, 28, Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to resell. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.

All four individuals are scheduled for a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. April 25.

The arrests are the culmination of a five month long investigation initiated by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force. Over the past five months, including yesterday, investigators seized a total of 1.75 kilograms of cocaine (62 ounces, or 3.8 pounds). This investigation led to a search warrant at Sanchez's residence Wednesday night, where FJDTF members, along with members of the DEA Task Force (Knox County Sheriff's Office, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and Knoxville Airport Authority), found ¾ of a kilogram of cocaine, $50,050 cash, digital scales, and other paraphernalia used to repackage cocaine.

"We are very excited about the outcome of this investigation because the disruption of this organized drug ring will have a big impact on helping to make Blount and surrounding counties become drug-free communities," Sheriff Berrong said.

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised officers and deputies from Alcoa and Maryville Police Departments and the Blount County Sheriff's Office.
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