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May 5, 2011 Contact: Marian O'Briant



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thirty-five people arrested in Task Force drug round-up

May of 2011 marked the end of a lengthy investigation into the illegal sale of Crack Cocaine and prescription drugs in Blount County. During the early morning hours of Thursday May 05, 2011 investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force briefed other agencies on the recent undercover investigation. Shortly after the briefing investigators were assisted by officers of Maryville Police Department, Alcoa Police Department and Deputies with the Blount County Sheriff's Office set out to apprehend forty one (41) people in Blount County for 109 drug related charges.

The charges were the result 15- Crack Cocaine buys, 2-Cocaine buys, 26-Oxycodone buys, 7-Opana buys, 13-Morphine buys, 3-Hydrocodone buys, 2-Alprazalam buys, and one buy of a legend drug which is a controlled substance but not scheduled. Nearly twenty conveyances (vehicles) were used by the sellers to facilitate the drug transactions. Investigators said that they have already filed for forfeiture on (4) four of the vehicles following recent operations and will be searching for (5) more today. The remainder of them will be seized pending further investigation.

By late afternoon Thursday, warrants had been served on 35 individuals There names and charges are as follows:

1. William Lamar Allen, 53, Wright Road, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance
2. Edward Lacy Baird, 37, Sundial Lane, Seymour, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
3. Bobbie Jo Beeler, 43, Pinewood Drive, Maryville, four counts Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, one count Delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
4. Rudolph Miller Brooks, 61, Old Knoxville Pike, Maryville, four counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
5. Tiffany Nichole Clegg, 24, Knoxville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
6. Timothy Charles Clowers, 26, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
7. James Travis Cooper, 28, West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
8. Connie Rosetta Gourley, 36, Ellejoy Road, Walland, Delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance
9. Troy Rashad Hodge, West Watt Street, Alcoa, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
10. Donna Wood Jenkins, 65, Pinewood Drive, Maryville, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance, two counts of Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
11. Gary Manuel Johnson, 53, South Dogwood Drive, Maryville, three counts Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
12. Crystal Dawn Josey, 29, Wayne Circle, Maryville, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
13. Janet Sue Josey, 51, Rule Street, Maryville, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
14. William Cordell Kemp, 28, Wayne Circle, Maryville, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with the intent to resell, and possession of drug paraphernalia
15. Donald Ray King, 43, Monroe Avenue, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
16. Fredrick Arnold McMahan, 47, Eagleton Road, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
17. Keenan Scott McNeal, 35, Madison Avenue, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
18. James Allen Maranville, 61, West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, Conspiracy to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance
19. Janet Irene Morgan, 40, Irwin Avenue, Maryville, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
20. Joshua David Morgan, 24, Irwin Avenue, Maryville, attachment for contempt
21. Cory Lee Nelson, 24, Zelmer Lane, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
22. Stephanie Lynne Nelson, 23, Zelmer Lane, Maryville, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count of fraud
23. Ronald Daniel Osborne, 23, Louisville Road, Louisville, three counts of Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
24. Debra Cotter Owens, 59, manufacturing of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
25. Penny Sue Palmer, 47, Old Knoxville Pike, Maryville, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
26. Lolita Marie Pelfrey, 47, West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, three counts of Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
27. Carla Jean Powers, 42, Edgewood Avenue, Knoxville, 42, Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to resell
28. James Michael Russell, 42, Vinegar Valley Road, Friendsville, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to resell
29. Bunnie Kaye Scalf, 39, Middle Street, Maryville, two counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance, Sale of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
30. Jason Taharin Sudderth, 32, North Everett High Road, Maryville, four counts of Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
31. Dennis Lee Thomas, 41, Irwin Avenue, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
32. Sam Franklin Vance, 38, Middle Street, Maryville, Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
33. John Russell Walker, Jr., 25, Pennsylvania Avenue, Maryville, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
34. Corey Nicholas Williams, 24, Patrick Avenue, Maryville, Sale of a Schedule II controlled substance
35. Fawna Rae Wolf, 24, Oak Hill Drive, Maryville, manufacturing of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance

In addition, the following individuals have warrants on file:

" Melanie Ann Burns, 48, five counts of Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance
" Eric Joseph Morgan, 19, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
" Douglas Elwood Emmerson, 27, two counts Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
" Ashley Kay Moyers, 21, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
" James Thomas McNish, 27, Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance
" Timber Jeanette Rhea, 27, theft of property
" John Wayne Stephenson, II, 29, three counts Delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the above individuals is asked to call the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force at (865)977-SANO during normal business hours.

During the past several months Drug Task Force Investigators have worked jointly with the (OIG) Office of Inspector General, who has placed charges on two of the individuals for Tenn Care Fraud. This is the result of individuals who obtain their prescription at no cost to them, using insurance provided to them through the state of Tennessee and sell all and/or part of them for profit. It is expected that as their investigation continues, additional charges will follow on others.

This operation is our reaction to the ongoing problem that pharmaceutical drugs have on our community. A White House study found a 400% increase in prescription drug abuse between 1998 and 2008. Nationwide, prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, second only to Marijuana. Among the people who abuse prescription drugs, 55% of them obtain the drugs from a friend or relative. More importantly, young adults 18-25 have the highest rates of prescription drug abuse and every day 2500 children 12-17 use a prescription pain reliever non-medically for the first time.

The Fifth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of personnel from the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Maryville Police Department, Alcoa Police Department and the Attorney Generals Office. Captain Talbott said that that this is yet another step toward dealing with our counties drug diversion problem. It follows operation "Roxianne", where Drug Task Force investigators partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney Generals Office in two Blount County Pain Clinic operations.

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