Further evidence in Hamblen County’s ongoing crystal-meth plague was presented to a Hamblen County grand jury on Monday. The panel indicted 16 alleged dealers previously arrested by the sheriff’s department or police department or police department.
The defendants, in descending order based on the quantity of meth they allegedly possessed, are:
Trevor Good, 25; Tiffany Ann Rayfield, 40; Jonathan Andrew Ortega, 26; Oscar Rickie Rodriguez, 26; Lekasha Bibbins, 35; Scott Dwayne Martin, 41; Ashley Nicole Murphy, 33; Cynthia M. Dean, 34; Gina M. Kivett, 42; Luis Daniel “Donnie” Martinez Patino, 26; David Ramey, 30; Whittnie Cox, 33; Amanda B. Hall, 30; Pattie Ann Lamb, 37; David Ramey, 30; Nicole L. Patterson, 25;
Some of the defendants were charged with related crimes like possession of other drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving offenses, but allegedly selling crystal meth is their biggest problem.
The good news for the 16 is that the overwhelming majority of crystal-meth dealers convicted in Hamblen County Criminal Court in recent months have been given community-corrections sentences instead of prison terms. Defendants convicted of selling meth are subject to sentences that range from eight to 12 years, but have to serve just 30 percent before they’re eligible for parole.
Defendants convicted of possessing more than 5 grams of meth in federal court face a minimum-mandatory five years, and have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before they’re eligible for release. Four indicted Monday allegedly had more than 5 grams.
Two Morristown men, Lester Mark Bell, 56, and Lamonte Dailey, 46, allegedly have alternative roles in Hamblen County’s drug trade. The grand jury indicted them for manufacturing counterfeit crystal meth and cocaine, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Keyshon Robinson, 33, was indicted for selling counterfeit crystal meth, simple possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In another high-profile case, Brandon Paul Tucker, a 34-year-old Morristown man, was indicted for aggravated robbery. On March 22, Tucker allegedly used a handgun to rob a Morristown convenience store, according to the indictment.
The others indicted Monday and their charges include:
Starlene Hodge Williams, 53, aggravated assault and elder abuse;
Zachery H. Williams, 20, aggravated assault and willful abuse or exploitation of an elderly adult;
Brenda Hyatt, 41, two counts aggravated domestic assault;
Lee Allen Denton, 62, aggravated assault and vandalism over $2,500;
Tyler M. Sanford, 32, aggravated assault;
Steven Rodriguez, 20, attempted especially aggravated robbery;
Joshua Daniel Helton, 38, unlawful weapon by a convicted felon;
Wesley Burchell, 32, felony possession of oxymorphone and clonazepam, possession of contraband in a penal institution, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.
Deangelo Taylor, 27, unlawful possession of a firearm;
Anna Loucindy Nelson, 33, two counts attempted child abuse or neglect;
Shana Lynn Combs-Carter, 38, theft over $10,000;
Anthony Duane Sizemore, 42, filing a false report;
Mitchell Alan Seal, 39, second offense DUI, two counts of reckless endangerment and failure to exercise due care;
Steven Dale Setsor, 43, DUI;
Douglas Wendell Curry Wilson, 22, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony,
Edward Brent Mooney III, 33, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia;
Derrick Clemmons, 51, simple possession of marijuana;
Brady Anderson, 21, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license and violation of the registration law;
Joshua Allen Beasley, 20, theft under $1,000.