Several arrested in Van Buren drug bust
VAN BUREN COUNTY (WRCB)-- Twelve men and three women were arrested Tuesday in Van Buren County on charges involving various violations of federal narcotics and firearms laws.
Tuesday's arrests by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, are the result of a two-year investigation into the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in and around Van Buren County.
All of the individuals arrested are charged with conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and conspiring to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Several also face federal charges for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Those arrested include Allen Dale Cole, 46, Robert Helton, 46, Charles Helton, 48, Larry Sullivan, 28, Eddie Simmons, 32, Tonya Mills, 33, Kevin Argo, 32, Cheyenne Mooneyham, 36, Jimmy Hopkins, Jr., 32, Wendell Rigsby, 39, Titus Sullivan, 30, Cody McCluskey, 22, Amber Rogers, 25, and Crystal Shockley, 24, all of Spencer, Tennessee, and Jeffrey Hobbs, 31, of McMinnville, Tennessee.
Joshua Simmons, 29, Timothy Ryan Bouldin, 24, and Ashley Smith, 24, all of Spencer, are currently in custody and will be brought to federal court in the coming week.
Other federal defendants are pending arrest and their names and other pertinent information will be released upon their initial appearance before the United States Magistrate Judge.