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12 INDICTED IN EAST TENNESSEE DRUG INVESTIGATION

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A joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Maynardville Police Department, 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Knoxville Police Department, 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration has resulted in the indictments of multiple individuals on drug-related charges.

In October 2016, TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division, working alongside partner agencies, began investigating reports of a drug trafficking operation that involved the distribution of large amounts of marijuana throughout Upper East Tennessee. Agents and investigators developed information that identified multiple individuals who were involved in the conspiracy. During the course of the investigation, Agents seized approximately 615 pounds of marijuana along with numerous firearms.

On November 15, 2017, the Union County Grand Jury returned indictments charging twelve individuals with a variety of drug-related offenses. At the time of this release (Thursday, November 30, 2017), authorities had arrested eleven of the individuals, including:

Kelvin Wood (DOB 3-13-62, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Manufacture of Marijuana over 20 Plants, 2 counts of Possession of Stolen Property.

Anthony Hill (DOB 9-29-63, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Manufacture of Marijuana over 20 Plants.

Michael Hensley (DOB 5-7-82, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $50,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce

Harley Lee Tharp (DOB 3-1-57, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce

Saul Sanchez Martinez (DOB 9-8-79, Knoxville, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce

James E. Smith (DOB 11-26-54, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $50,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana

Tony Beeler (DOB 9-3-66, Corryton, TN. Bond: $10,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana

Julio Carmona Godinez (DOB 2-20-79, Powder Springs, TN. Bond: $250,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 pounds, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over 70 Pounds

Abraham Andrade Cruz (DOB 6-20-91, Powder Springs, TN. Bond: $250,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 pounds, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over 70 Pounds

Conley Tharp (DOB 2-25-55, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $25,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds

Gregory Corum (DOB 10-23-58, Luttrell, TN): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 16 counts of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 16 counts of the delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce.


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