MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Deputies with the McMinn County Sheriff's Office were up early Thursday morning with a mission to suppress crime. Their target: drug abusers and drug traffickers.
"We're leveraging some Governor Highway Safety money for this, it's kind of a multi-faceted operation we're doing. We're doing indictments, we're doing the knock and talk, follow up on our criminal information," explains Sheriff Joe Guy. "Our indictments today have a lot to do with our narcotics officers."
Those officers have been hard at work. Sheriff Guy says the amount of meth busts in McMinn County has decreased by 30 or 40 percent, but they still have a long way to go.
"Everything in some way, and any Chief or Sheriff will tell you this, is attached either to drug abuse or drug trafficking," Guy says.
Communities like Parchtown have already felt the effects of the crackdown on drugs. "I mean no one is afraid or anything like that, it's been cleaned up really a lot," says resident Debra Mayfield.
However, in rural areas officers say drugs are easier to hide, as with a particular search for suspect Gregory Millsaps.
Officers have searched for Millsaps for more than a year on drug charges. On Thursday they found him along with a mature marijuana plant and a meth lab. Officers say he'll face felony charges from a previous arrest.
For officers in McMinn County, Thursday's arrests are all in a days work. "The more officers that are visible, the less chance of crime you're going to have, less traffic offenses you're going to have," says Guy.
Officers served indictments and warrants on the following individuals:
Michael J. Roberts, County Rd 802: Grand Jury Indictments for Possession Schedule IV for Resale, Possession Schedule II for Resale, and 2 Counts Possession of Schedule IV for Resale, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony ($50,000 bond)
Nicole Faye Jack, County Rd 561: Grand Jury Indictment for Tenn Care Fraud ($15,000 bond)
Kenneth D. Fox, Hwy 411N: Grand Jury Indictments for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ($15,000 Bond)
Kelly Tallent, Hwy 411 N: Grand Jury Indictments for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ($15,000 Bond)
Christopher Cole, County Rd 510: 2 Warrants for Failure to Appear ($4,000 Bond)
Cody Lloyd, County Rd 849: Warrant for Violation of Probation/Meth Manufacture (No Bond)
Pam Moses, County Rd 554: Warrant for Violation of Probation/Burglary, Agg Burglary, Auto Burglary (No Bond)
Gregory "Sloopy" Millsaps, County Rd 482: Warrant for Violation of Probation/Meth Manufacture (No Bond)
"Several attempts have been made to serve the warrant on Mr. Millsaps over the past year," said Sheriff Guy. "Today we were successful, and also located several large marijuana plants and a meth lab at his residence. He is a convicted felon, and was found to be in possession of a firearm, which could result in Federal charges."
Guy said that additional Crime Suppression Operations are scheduled in the future.
"Aggressive enforcement is a key element in our efforts against drugs," added Sheriff Guy. "We will continue these operations to hunt down drug traffickers in McMinn County."
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:06:28 GMT
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