ELIZABETHTON — Undercover drug operatives with the Carter County Sheriff's Department reported they were able to purchase a quantity of Suboxone strips, a schedule III drug, during a buy in broad daylight in the parking lot of the Food City parking lot on Friday.
Lt. Mike Little said the undercover narcotics purchase was made with four young women. One was a juvenile, and another had just turned 18 on the day before the sale.
The adults charged were Samantha Danielle Estep, 18, 117 Nannie Smith Road; Amber Nicole Morton, 18, 1205 Rittertown Road, Hampton; and Alexis Brooke Townsend, 19, 1294 Milligan Highway, No. 9, Johnson City.
Little said that during the undercover operation, the agent was able to purchase the narcotics with sheriff's department currency that had already had its serial numbers prerecorded.
The money was recovered after the arrest and the entire transaction was recorded on audio tape.
Little said a girl under the age of 18 was present during the drug deal.
All three were charged with sale of schedule III drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bond was set for each woman at $20,000. Sessions Court appearances were set for March 19.