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THREE ARRESTED ON CHARGES AFTER MULTI AGENCY OPERATION

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Three people are facing charges in Sequatchie County. Yesterday morning (Friday, December 8, 2017), area and federal authorities went to Mountain Inn & Suites located on Rankin Avenue North in Dunlap for suspected drug activity. Law enforcement agencies involved in the operation were the US Marshals Office, TBI Drug Unit, Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office, 12th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Dunlap Police Department. Agents of the US Marshals Office say they had been actively pursuing 52-year-old Doyle Wheeler Bivens of Gruetli Laager, Tennessee over the past few days for a federal arrest warrant of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine. Yesterday, officers obtained information that Bivens was located at the Mountain Inn & Suites. Officers located Bivens’ vehicle at the hotel and began conducting surveillance. Law enforcement obtained further information that there were two additional accomplices with Bivens, and that these individuals had rented two separate rooms. Officers removed nearby hotel guests and employees from the area and entered both rooms. Bivens was located in a second floor room and the two additional accomplices were located in a ground floor room. The two accomplices were identified as 25-year-old Dustin Wesley Johnson of Decherd and 36-year-old Amanda Elizabeth Hampton of Altamont. During the arrest, Johnson reportedly resisted officers and was apprehended with the use of a taser. Bivens was apprehended without incident. Upon law enforcement officers searching the hotel room of Johnson and Hampton, they allegedly discovered 85 grams of methamphetamine, 1 ounce of marijuana, diverted prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, and three loaded handguns. Upon searching Johnson’s vehicle officers reportedly found four additional handguns and two rifles. It was also discovered that Johnson was wanted out of Bedford County on a probation violation and a warrant for disorderly conduct. Hampton was wanted out of Coffee County for failing to appear in court on a charge of possessing Schedule IV drugs. All three subjects were transported to the Sequatchie County Jail where they are currently being held without bond. A bond hearing is currently scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 in Sequatchie County General Sessions Court.

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