January 10, 2014 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Drug Task Force serves search warrant; three people in custody
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said three people were taken into custody Thursday as part of a search warrant executed by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force. In addition, cash, illegal drugs, and stolen items were seized.
Leroy Long, Jr., 42, of Creason Drive, Maryville, is being held in the Blount County Detention Facility. Bond amounts and court dates have not yet been set. Long is charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and introduction of contraband into a penal institution (marijuana and methamphetamine).
George Eugene Johnson, 29, of Unaka Avenue, Maryville, was also taken into custody at the scene on an outstanding warrant from Loudon County. As a result of some recovered stolen property, another individual, William Scott Moore, 28, of Meadow Lark Lane, Rockford, was taken into custody Thursday night and charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. Moore is being held on bonds totaling $15,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. November 19th.
Thursday afternoon, investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, with the assistance of detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and an investigator with the Knox County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at a residence on Creason Drive in Maryville. Investigators seized multiple types of illegal drugs, including the pain pills Roxycontin, Oxycontin, and morphine. They also seized $1,500 cash, as well as stolen property, including TVs and guns. As investigators and detectives were executing the search warrant, 16 people arrived to buy narcotics or trade stolen property for narcotics, or narcotics for stolen property.
Detectives discovered information at the search warrant that Moore burglarized a home on Cecelia Avenue and stole a flat screen Thursday morning. He, along with the stolen TV, were both located at a residence on Old West Millers Cove Road Thursday night. Moore was arrested and taken to the Blount County Detention Facility.
Investigators are continuing their investigation on Leroy Long.
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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