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Sale of 100 pills lands three S.C. residents in jail

July 5th, 2011 11:49 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Three South Carolina residents who reportedly told investigators they had come to Tennessee to sell prescription drugs because the prices were higher were arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on Friday on drug charges.
Christopher Ronnie Cogdill, 26, was arrested on charges of possession of a Schedule III drug, sale of a Schedule II drug and conspiracy to sell a Schedule II drug. Brian Kason Garrett, 29, was charged with sale of a Schedule II drug and conspiracy to sell a Schedule II drug. Kendra K. Bayne, 36, was charged with possession of a Schedule III drug. All three are from Traveler’s Rest, S.C.
The arrests came after Sheriff Chris Mathes received information that individuals from South Carolina were attempting to sell a hundred or more Roxicodone pills. They were said to be in a white 4-door Hyundai and had been seen in the area four weeks earlier.
Mathes passed the information to investigators and made assignments to set up a sting operation.
The investigators were able to make contact with the South Carolinians and arranged a purchase for Friday evening in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Shortly before the agreed time for the purchase, the undercover officer received a call to move to the parking lot of Applebee’s Restaurant.
The agent complied and noticed a Hyundai following closely behind him. They then conducted the deal of purchasing 100 Roxicodone pills at $26 each. The agent gave Garrett $2,600 in Drug Task Force marked money to make the purchase.
Following the purchase, all three were arrested. The agent said another 66 Roxicodone pills and a number of Lortabs were found in the Hyundai. The agent said the three had come to Northeast Tennessee because drug law enforcement was stronger and had driven the prices higher. They told the agent the higher prices had made it “worth the risk.”
The three are scheduled to answer the charges against them in Sessions Court on Aug. 2

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