Tri-State Meth Ring Busted

Tri-State Meth Ring Busted

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WOOHOOO ABOUT TIME

Covington, LA

#1 Jul 13, 2007
A gigantic tri-state drug operation that was busted this week appears to be centered in Jackson County, according to law enforcement authorities.
Officers began arresting 45 people on 98 counts from Marion County, Tenn., Jackson County, Madison County, Alabama, and other areas scattered across the triangle of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
A federal indictment on those people was issued this week for the alleged manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine (meth). The drug had an estimated street value of some $17 million. The investigation has been ongoing since July of 2005.
The indictment accuses Donald Henson, 38, of Bridgeport with leading an organization that produced 375 pounds of meth in the past two years. The value is based on individual "doses" of 0.1 gram, an amount that could supply approximately 1.7 million people with one dose of methamphetamine, officials said.
Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Bridgeport and Stevenson police participated in the investigations with federal authorities.
Stevenson Police Chief Danny Winters said federal agents took Henson into custody and placed him in a facility in Chattanooga.
The following people with Jackson County addresses, in addition to Henson, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a portion of the 375 pounds of meth, according to the U.S. Department of Justice:
• Jackie Harris, 38, Stevenson.
• Stephen Henshaw, 26, Bryant.
• Geerlen Steele, 54, Stevenson.
• Wylie Reagan Steele, 60, Stevenson.
• Andrew Summers, 66, Stevenson.
• Randy Wilson, Jr., 26, Bridgeport.
Others indicted so far include: Joe S. Blevins, 46, South Pittsburg, Tenn.; James Patrick Bryant, 41, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; Stacy Cantrell, 32, Ringgold, Ga.; Nathan Carlton , 33, Fort Payne; Matthew Kennemore, 30, South Pittsburg; Randy Kilgore, 31, Whitwell, Tenn.; Paul McCullough, 38, South Pittsburg; James McDaniel, 41, Chattanooga; Rickey Melhorn, 49, Chattanooga; Thomas Morrow, Alabama (town or city not immediately available); Walter Norman, 33, South Pittsburg; James Shadrick, 45, Marion County, Tenn.; Charles Sisk, 34, Jasper, Tenn.; Tremis Woodley, 31, Huntsville, Ala.; and Tammy Young, 43, Guild, Tenn.
WOOHOOO ABOUT TIME

Covington, LA

#2 Jul 13, 2007
A written statement from U.S. Attorney Russ Dedrick of Chattanooga stated: "The fight against methamphetamine is an ongoing battle. This investigation is one example of how law enforcement agencies are joining together to wipe out the methamphetamine problem in our communities."
Investigators tracked hundreds of purchases of pseudoephedrine, which is used in manufacturing meth, authorities said, including three businesses in Jackson County.
People in this alleged organization would travel around in the Southeastern United States to purchase equipment and chemicals used in the manufacture of meth.
The press release from the U.S. Attorney's office said after the organization obtained chemicals and materials for making the drug, Donnie Henson of Bridgeport either cooked the methamphetamine himself or contracted with other people to do the cooking.
The U.S. Attorney's office said upon completion of cooking meth, Henson employed numerous individuals to distribute the product in North Alabama, North Georgia, and Southern Tennessee.
According to the U.S. Justice Department, "The Henson organization also made arrangements with specific businesses, including five Discount Express Stores in Huntsville, Alabama; the Rash Grocery and Deli in Jackson County, Ala., owned and operated by Andrew Summers; Bolivar's This and That Store in Jackson County, owned and operated by Geerlen and Wylie Reagan Steele; and Randy's Liquidations Store in Stevenson, owned and operated by Randy Noles; to make large purchases of pseudoephedrine, iodine, and red phosphorus. These businesses took steps to sell chemicals and equipment off the books or utilized other strategies to avoid raising the suspicions of law enforcement and to avoid state and federal precursor chemicals purchasing laws. The indictment also seeks to forfeit over $17 million, the amount of income generated from the illegal activities."
James Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Nashville Field Division, stated: "Today's team enforcement effort is a great victory in the battle against drug trafficking and the crime that accompanies it."
Gene Hargis, an investigator with the Marion County Sheriff's Department, said that office had been involved in the investigation "from the get-go." He stated, "We interviewed a few folks and decided it was a large case and got the DEA involved. We combined the investigation a year and a half ago."
Rodney Benson, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlanta Field Division, said these indictments are a devastating blow to well-organized drug traffickers.
Benson stated that "many communities are much safer today" as a result of the indictments.
WOOHOOO ABOUT TIME

Covington, LA

#3 Jul 13, 2007
• Jackie Harris, 38, Stevenson.

• Stephen Henshaw, 26, Bryant.

• Geerlen Steele, 54, Stevenson.

• Wylie Reagan Steele, 60, Stevenson.

• Andrew Summers, 66, Stevenson.

• Randy Wilson, Jr., 26, Bridgeport.

Others indicted so far include: Joe S. Blevins, 46, South Pittsburg, Tenn.; James Patrick Bryant, 41, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; Stacy Cantrell, 32, Ringgold, Ga.; Nathan Carlton , 33, Fort Payne; Matthew Kennemore, 30, South Pittsburg; Randy Kilgore, 31, Whitwell, Tenn.; Paul McCullough, 38, South Pittsburg; James McDaniel, 41, Chattanooga; Rickey Melhorn, 49, Chattanooga; Thomas Morrow, Alabama (town or city not immediately available); Walter Norman, 33, South Pittsburg; James Shadrick, 45, Marion County, Tenn.; Charles Sisk, 34, Jasper, Tenn.; Tremis Woodley, 31, Huntsville, Ala.; and Tammy Young, 43, Guild, Tenn.
WOOHOOO ABOUT TIME

Covington, LA

#4 Jul 13, 2007
And let's not forget the big drug lord himself, DONNIE HENSON age 38 of Bridgeport!

Glad they got so many of them, but there's still more to get! What a way to clean up the area! I'm impressed! Now, if they'll just keep them locked up!
raised in S P

Rome, GA

#5 Jul 14, 2007
very good job.meth is the white mans crack and is a very bad problem all over the south.maybe S.P.has more than crack dealers,yes they have many geek monsters,crank heads whatever you call them its a major problem. so good job,and hopefully more will get locked up.on a different note.DANNY WINTERS Stevenson police chief, is this GEORGE & EILEEN boy who grew up in hemlock.if so O lord how people change.cause he was a bad boy,but thats life in small town USA.Anyway good job, the more meth heads locked up the better.And Danny dont grab any hot bottles out of the fire, see ya.
midlife cowboy

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jul 18, 2007
no Danny was always a good person! You must have the wrong guy...the drug bust was a very good start but they still have a lot of work and a lot of people they need to pick up. I say pick them all up and if necessary use the "meth stores" to store them all in until trial time then send them to Arizona to live in the tent cities with no AC. Lousy useless suckers...
live in jasper tn

AOL

#8 Jul 19, 2007
i'am so glad they finely got them.way to go meth busters, it's about time ,cause at one time in my life ,i was there, did all those things, and if not for god above,and my children, i wpuld never had changed.i known most of the people that got picked up, all i have to say is ,there is more to life then meth,grow up and see we are not going to live for ever,and no one really knows what the long time affect's are, so trust me when i say there is life after meth, if you want it. this someone who has walked the walk, and changed roads!!!
THANK THE lORD

Covington, LA

#9 Jul 22, 2007
THERE ARE OTHERS THAT NEED TO BE PICKED UP TOO. MANY THAT YOU WOULD NOT THINK OF BEING INTO THINGS LIKE THIS. I HOPE AND PRAY YOU GET EVERYONE OF THEM NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL GET THEM ALL AND SHOW THOSE KINDS OF LAW BREAKERS THAT WE, THE PEOPLE OF THIS USA, WILL NOT PUT UP WITH LAW BREAKERS LIKE THIS FROM PEOPLE LIKE THEM. THANK EACH AND EVRYONE DOING A GREAT JOB IN CATCHING THEM AND STOPPING THE OUT-LAWS.
NOW, HELP GET RID OF THE ILLEGAL PEOPLE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. LET THEM COME TO AMERICA THE RIGHT WAY OR GO HOME AND STAY THERE! DO ALL THE PAPER WORK AND DO THE THINGS, THE AMERICAN WAY AND LIVE HAPPY AND FREE. IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY,(1) START BY GOING HOME AND THEN APPLY FOR A VISA AND DO THE PAPER WORK! THEN YOU WOULD BE WELCOME!
unknown soldier

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#10 Aug 8, 2007
law enforcement needs to also look at a couple of donnie's girlfriends they are the one going state to state buying the products to make meth.
Pastor Jim Hanley

Antigua and Barbuda

#11 Aug 8, 2007
Tremis Woodley is 100% innocent. Tremis is just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I met this chap in the Caribbean he is christian minded, and an intelligent young man. It is God's will to judge a man, and I stand today in God's image and say this man is not a criminal. Tremis my prayers' are with you.
Bridgeport Resident

Charlotte, NC

#12 Aug 8, 2007
I don't know Tremis, but sir... They are all innocent, until proven guilty. Why was he involved with a bunch of meth-heads if he wasn't doing it, selling it, making it, or supplying the people with the goods to make it?
WHATEVER

Antigua and Barbuda

#13 Aug 9, 2007
PLEASE, AMERICA IS WHO MADE VIOLENCE, DRUGS, AND EVERY OTHER BAD THING YOU COULD THINK ABOUT. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM ABOUT (NOW, HELP GET RID OF THE ILLEGAL PEOPLE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. LET THEM COME TO AMERICA THE RIGHT WAY OR GO HOME AND STAY THERE! DO ALL THE PAPER WORK AND DO THE THINGS, THE AMERICAN WAY AND LIVE HAPPY AND FREE. IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY,(1) START BY GOING HOME AND THEN APPLY FOR A VISA AND DO THE PAPER WORK! THEN YOU WOULD BE WELCOME!) YOU GUYS MAKE IT THEN BLAME EVERYBODY ELSE? WHO WANTS TO LIVE THERE WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU GUYS, CURRUPTED..........
cowboy

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Aug 9, 2007
Whatever...what a stupid, unthoughtout comment.Go think for awhile, read something, and get back to us when you get smarter...
WHATEVER

Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

#15 Aug 9, 2007
STRUPSEEEEEE...... DONT EXPECT BETTER, YOUR AN AMERICAN
cowboy

Saint Louis, MO

#16 Aug 9, 2007
You got that right! With a military career longer than your $%^&! A very proud American all the way! Please don't come here...you won't appreciate it and therefore will become another problem we don't need. What the hell does Strupseeee mean?:)
angelwithhorns2

AOL

#17 Aug 12, 2007
cow boy did you have a sister named brenda
cowboy

Saint Louis, MO

#18 Aug 12, 2007
nope...
annoyed

Rossville, GA

#20 Feb 12, 2008
Hey wooohooo i hear you on getting crank out of town. But some of these boys had straightened up and hadnt touched the stuff in a year or more and had full time jobs and brand new babies. What about those boys. They are going to prison for 15-20 years for something stupid they did in there past. All a few of them want is to be able to go home go back to work and be with there kids like they were doing when they got locked up. I know one of them and he had really came a long way at being a good guy and because donnie henson wanted some time shaved off he told on him for stuff he had done over a year before donnie got locked up. So what about him and the few others that were clean and werent doing it anymore they are getting more time than some of the people who were still doing it when going in. I know of one that stil walks the streets.
res of south pittsburg

Chattanooga, TN

#21 Feb 13, 2008
i wish the law would come to south pittsburg per say hamburg and clean up those crack dealers and the many people who come there all day to buy drugs i think that the dealer (avery green) is working with the police
citizen of bridgeport

Madisonville, TN

#22 Feb 14, 2008
That is old news.

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