ELIZABETHTON — Twenty Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested 18 people on methamphetamine charges in a roundup that began at 11 p.m. Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning.
The arrests were part of “Operation Street Sweeper,” and were some of a group of 30 meth suspects who were indicted by a Carter County grand jury Nov. 13.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said the CCSD is continuing its efforts to arrest the other indicted suspects. Three are from North Carolina, and he said his department is working with North Carolina authorities to arrest them. The First Judicial District Drug Task Force also provided assistance.
In addition to the arrests, Mathes said his officers also discovered and cleaned up three clandestine meth laboratories and arrested three others on outstanding charges.
Mathes said those arrested will be arraigned in Carter County Criminal Court during its next sessions. Many were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, which means they are accused of purchasing a non-prescription cold remedy containing psuedoephedrine, the key ingredient to making meth.
Unlike other types of illegal drug activity, Mathes said there are no kingpins in the meth culture, and Thursday’s arrests reflect the unusual aspects of that culture. He said two vehicles were seized and a few guns, which could lead to federal charges.
Those who were arrested are: Bobby Gene Allmon, 338 Jenkins Hollow Road; Angel Marie Arnold, 107 Eddie Lane, Roan Mountain; Crystal Birchfield, 131 Clover Branch; Karen and Mitchell Campbell, both of 110 Phillip Nave Road; Tammy Cox, 1301 Tenn. Highway 143, Roan Mountain; Katherine Dickerson, 110 Carl Smith Road, Hampton; Cody Alan Edwards, 106 Carl Smith Road, Hampton; Jessica Forbes, 428 Willow Springs Road; James Wesley Ford, 104 Carl Smith Road, Hampton; Krystal Huser, 212 Jenkins Hollow Road; Billy Johnson, 1052 Buck Mountain Road, Roan Mountain; Karen Largent, 421 Shell Creek Road, Roan Mountain; Casey McKinley Oaks, 188 Smith Branch Road, Roan Mountain; David Perry, 175 Chambers Hollow Road; Timothy Shell, 316 Willow St., Roan Mountain; Michelle Wallace, 207 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain; and Teresa Whitehead, 420 Browns Branch Road, Hampton.
Mathes said his department is still searching for 12 people who were indicted Nov. 13. They include: Micky Cordell, 118 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain; Sebrina Marie Culbertson, 2688 Tenn. Highway 91; Michael Danner, 342 H. Heaton Road; Danny Davis, 431 Shell Creek Road; Travis Deaton, North Carolina; Jackie Guy, 107 Carl Smith Road, Hampton; Harold Ingram, North Carolina; Aaron Benjamin Keever, 108 Swimming Pool Road, Hampton; Jennifer McCoury, North Carolina; Roger Louis Simmons, 41 Milligan Lane, Johnson City; Cindy Lou Sims, 705 H. St., Apt 3; and Marshal Ray Willliams, 107 Carl Smith Road, Hampton.
Mathes said the three illegal labs were found at 175 Chambers Hollow Road, 421 Shell Creek Road and 207 Hampton Creek Road. The East Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force assisted in the cleanup.