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Six arrested in the second drug raid in Erwin in a week.

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Feb 24, 2018 at 7:16 AM

Six more people have been arrested  in the second drug raid in Erwin within a week.

On Wednesday, narcotic officers with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, First Judicial Drug Task Force and Erwin Police Department raided a home at 179 Witcher St.

Sheriff Mike Hensley said the home had been under investigation for a about a month, and officers had made several methamphetamine purchases from people at the house.

More than 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine were confiscated in the raid and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for testing, the sheriff said.

Edward Conner, Eric White, Marlan Holder and Pat Stancial were each charged in Unicoi County with conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for resale and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold.

Two additional people at the home, Thomas Mathes and Melinda Rabren, were were arrested on outstanding warrants from Washington County.

The arrests followed a similar raid on Feb. 15 in which five people were charged with methamphetamine sale and possession at home at 127 Madison St. in Erwin.

In that case, Hensley said drug enforcement officers had been investigating the house for sometime and expedited the raid based on information that the drugs being sold there may have been laced with fentanyl, a dangerously potent painkiller.

A small amount of methamphetamine recovered in that raid was sent to the TBI crime lab for testing for fentanyl. Syringes and other drug paraphernalia and stolen property were also reportedly found in the Madison Street home.

Steven Anthony Silvers, who lived at the house, Randal Shane Shelton, Kenneth B. Osborne, Kiera English and Chasity Marie Brickley were each charged with sale of methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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