Arrests of alleged drug dealers indicted in connection with Operation Bad News in Hamblen County and Operation Taking Back Hancock County, Phase 1 are continuing, officials say.
The latest defendants taken into custody in Hamblen County are Michael Lee Hopson, 60, and Lashae Lee, 29. A Hamblen County grand jury indicted both for two counts of sale or delivery of crystal meth in separate cases.
Lt. Gene Watson, who heads narcotics investigations for the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department, said this morning that 20 of the 27 defendants indicted in Operation Bad News have been taken into custody. The names of the remaining seven have been entered into a national crime database.
If a law enforcement official runs a records check on the defendants, it will be known immediately that they’re wanted in Hamblen County on drug charges.
In Operation Taking Back Hancock County 40 of the 45 alleged drug dealers named in sealed indictments have been located, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jesse Trent said this morning.
Michael Chase Martin, a 28-year-old man with no fixed address, was indicted for a single count of selling Suboxone, a Schedule III drug
A Hancock County grand jury indicted Crystal Roberts, 37, Whitney Circle, Sneedville, for two counts of selling Suboxone and one count of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a park, an offense that can be used as a sentencing enhancement if Roberts is found guilty.
Angela Marie Miser, a 47-year-old woman who was arrested earlier in connection with the Hancock County roundup and released on a $10,000 bond, was taken into custody again on Wednesday, according to Trent.
Miser allegedly was holding crystal meth, Suboxone and marijuana when she was arrested. She’s also charged with attempted introduction of contraband into the Hancock County Jail. This morning, she remained behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bond.