March 26, 2014 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maryville man charged following search warrant
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a 23-year-old Maryville man was arrested following a search warrant executed by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force Tuesday evening.
Justin Dwayne Meece, 23, of Rambling Road, Maryville, is charged with two counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) in a Drug Free Zone, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Meece is being held on bonds totaling $20,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. April 2nd.
Meece's arrest is the result of a search warrant at a residence on Blair Lane in Rockford that stemmed from an investigation led by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force. Sheriff Berrong said that due to the nature of Meece's activities involving firearms, investigators utilized the Sheriff's SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team because the entry was considered high risk. Four individuals were detained at the time of the search, but Meece was the only one charged. The search also resulted in the recovery of a homemade explosive device which was turned over to the Knox County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, who was called to the scene.
The Fifth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is a cooperative effort of the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Maryville Police Department, Alcoa Police Department, and the Attorney General's Office.
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