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Carter County and Elizabethton joint roundup leads to 52 arrests

John Thompson • Aug 27, 2019 at 10:15 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Elizabethton Police Department are developing new ways to fight an old crime.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford and Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce that their departments had made 52 arrests recently as they rounded up 44 people who had been indicted by a grand jury.

They said that although opioids seem to be getting a lot more publicity these days, in Carter County and Elizabethton, methamphetamine is still the biggest problem and it is continuing to grow.

Lunceford said the 52 arrests came in connection with a year-long methamphetamine investigation, which not only included the drug task forces of the city and county law enforcement agencies.

The investigation, which was code named Operation Sundown, led to the 44 indictments, which led to the roundup Aug. 20-21 by officers of the sheriff’s department, police department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security.

They also seized more than $31,000 worth of methamphetamine, as well as other drug assets including money and vehicles. Authorities are still searching for six suspects in connection with the case.

In cooperation with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the CCSO and EPD will bring state charges against all the indicted suspects. Lunceford said new computer programs have also enabled the departments to bring more conspiracy charges. Convictions on those charges bring minimum sentences of 15 years.

“We will never be able to completely stop all drug usage,” Lunceford said. “What we can do is disrupt the supply of illegal narcotics. This operation focused on arresting the meth dealers and their suppliers and preventing them from selling in the future.”

Lunceford also explained that information provided by citizens is important to these types of investigations, even if it takes some time for arrests to be made.

“The tips citizens send me are not always enough to make a complete case,” Lunceford said. “But we combine each bit of information we get in a computer system, and when we eventually have enough evidence for an arrest, those people will disappear quietly. So please continue to send us whatever information you can.”

The names six suspects who are still wanted are: Hayley Nicole Boyd, Kindra Lashae Campbell, Thomas Ray Cox Jr., Casilda Elizabeth Hernandez, John Andrew Register, and CW McCain Smith. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these suspects, you are asked to contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Office or Elizabethton Police Department.

Indicted Suspects Arrested/Detained

Osvaldo Aleman (46) – Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Kristin Dawn Bach (31) – Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Michael Paul Bailey (44) – Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Possessing a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacture, Delivery, or Sale of Methamphetamine

Melissa Rebecca Blackwell (46) – Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (2x)

John Robert Blankenship (36) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Dave Charles Bowling (50) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (2x), Violation of Probation

Christy Lynn Brandon (33) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II

Jeffrey Matthew Burchfield (27) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (2x)

Angela Sue Campbell (45) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Schedule II Drug Violations (4x), Drug Free School Zone Enhancement

Misty Dawn Charlton (45) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II

Joshua Lee Cole (31) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Taylor Brooke Crowe (26) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Joshua Lee Curtis (28) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Dan Mass Digiacomo (29) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Samuel Lynn Drain (26) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Katie Nicole Gibson (34) – Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (3x), Sale of Counterfeit Controlled Substance, Theft of Property $1,000 or Less

Tasha Nicole Hale (32) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Amy Christine Harper (41) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Steven Blake Bailey Heller (34) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Brandy Danyelle Hilton (37) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II in a Drug Free School Zone, Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Sell or Deliver, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Sell or Deliver, Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics Are Sold, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Possession of a Firearm During Commission/Attempt to Commit a Felony, Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacture, Sale, or Delivery of Schedule II

Shea Kristen Holly (30) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II

Brandon Keith Lewis (32) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, or Possession of Methamphetamine

Gregory Scott Mann (44) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (3x)

Fabian Aundra Miller (29) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

James Terry Pierce (32) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Jonathan Robert Potter (27) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Nicholas Wayne Richardson - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Jared Cameron Shepardson (34) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Sell or Deliver, Maintaining Dwelling Where Narcotics Are Sold

Hutch Freddie Lee Sims (21) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Larry Edward Stapleton Jr. (27) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (2x), Drug Free School Zone Enhancement, Promotion of Manufacture, Sale, or Delivery of Methamphetamine

Dana Nichole Starnes (39) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II

Richard Alan Stout (41) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II (2x)

Melissa Dawn Stout (51) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Sale of Schedule II

Taylor Lashae Vestal (21) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Michael Shane Walker (34) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

Shannon Glenn Warren (40) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Possessing a Firearm During Commission/Attempt to Commit a Felony, Simple Possession/Casual Exchange, Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Fabricating/Tampering with Evidence, Unlawful Possession without a Prescription, Schedule I Drug Violations, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture, Delivery, or Sale of Meth

Brandy Nicole Wellman (33) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver, Manufacture, Delivery, or Sale of Methamphetamine

Trisha Lynn Williamson (29) - Conspiracy to Possess Meth 300 G. or More w/ Intent to Sell or Deliver

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