A Bradley County drug distribution ring was indicted by a grand jury for moving more than 650 pounds of methamphetamine valued at approximately $1.5 million.

In February 2019, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Cleveland PD and the 10th District Drug Task Force, began an investigation into the drug distribution ring operating in and around Bradley County.

The investigation found the ring was responsible for moving more than 650 pounds of meth valued at approximately $1.5 million, according to a press release.

On May 30, 2019, BCSO, along with other agencies, executed nine search warrants in Bradley and Hamilton Counties.

Over 1000 grams of meth, $18,841 in cash, several firearms and 14 vehicles were seized.

Eight people were indicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II:

  • Denis Collins
  • Debra King
  • Lisa Hughes
  • Janet Caldwell
  • Candy Devries
  • James Dunn
  • Thomas "TJ" Reeder
  • Joe Dewhurst

The grand jury indictment states that the distribution ring started around June 2018.

The indictment was filed on August 27, 2019 under the U.S Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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