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October 18, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Four people taken into custody following a narcotic's search warrant

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said four people were taken into custody this afternoon following a search warrant executed by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force.

The following individuals were arrested:
" Dennis Tedford Willis, age 45, East Old Topside Road, Louisville. Charged with possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to resell (Oxycodone), and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to resell (various).
" Lea Anne Willis, age 42. East Old Topside Road, Louisville. Charged with conspiracy to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to resell (Oxycodone), and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to resell (various).
" Kenneth Anthony Hurst, age 37, Happy Valley Road, Tallassee. Charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to resell (Oxycodone), and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Opana).
" Stephanie E. Buchanan, age 35, Six Mile Road, Maryville. Charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone).
All four individuals are being held at the Blount County Detention Facility. Bond amounts and court dates have not yet been set.
Earlier today, investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Blount County Sheriff's Office SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team executed the search warrant at a residence on East Old Topside Road after a month long investigation. When they arrived, they found several individuals at the residence. Due to health and safety concerns at the residence, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell was notified, and a Codes Enforcement Officer responded to the scene to address those issues. Investigators searched the residence and vehicles on the property and found and seized illegal Schedule II and Schedule IV narcotics, as well as three firearms. The investigation is ongoing.
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The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers with the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the Alcoa Police Department, and the Maryville Police Department.

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