Unicoi, Washington county authorities credit cooperation in drug arrest

Brad Hicks • Jan 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

ERWIN — A cooperative effort between two local law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of an Erwin man earlier this week for allegedly fleeing police when authorities attempted to arrest him for illegally selling prescription drugs.

Clint Charles Casey, 39, 533 Rock Creek Road, was charged with driving on a suspended license, felony evading arrest, six counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of sale of a schedule III controlled substance.

According to a release from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, investigators with the department’s narcotics team had conducted several undercover buys throughout January in which drugs were purchased from Casey.

On Jan. 18, investigators received information that Casey was transporting narcotics, the release said. According to officials, investigators and patrol officers with the sheriff’s department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Casey’s vehicle on Highway 81 South in Unicoi County. Casey fled from officers into Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist, but sight of Casey’s vehicles was lost by the pursuing officers, according to the release. The vehicle was found on A.J. Willis Road in Washington County soon afterward, but officials were unable to locate Casey following an immediate search of the area.

On Saturday, officers with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation in which Casey had agreed to meet an informant and an undercover officer to exchange narcotics, according to the UCSD.

The release said Casey met the undercover officer at a predetermined location in Washington County, at which point he was arrested and transported to the Unicoi County Jail.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Frank Rogers said Tuesday that Casey’s capture would not have been possible without the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“Cooperation with neighboring agencies is vital to bring in this type of offender,” Rogers said.

Casey appeared in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Tuesday morning, where a $125,000 corporate bond was set. He is scheduled to again appear in Sessions Court on Feb. 21.

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