After numerous complaints and a lengthy undercover investigation, the Cocke County Sheriff's Department executed two raids that led to the arrest of three people on drug charges and the seizure of drug, guns, cash, and vehicles.
According to Sheriff Armando Fontes, undercover agents were able to purchase Oxycodone from a woman's home and the bar where she worked. Fontes says agents bought the pills from Lisa Michelle Williamson and her brother, Brian Carver, while they were working at the Three Way Inn Bar on Cosby Highway in Cosby and from her home on Nightingale Way in Newport. The bar is near Smoke Mountain Elementary School.
On Tuesday night, officers conducted simultaneous raids at the bar and Williamson's homes.
At the bar, everyone inside was detained and searched for weapons and warrants, and those who were cleared were allowed to leave. A bartender, Sandra Messer, was found to have 25 7.5 mg Hydrocodone in her right front pants pocket and two plastic straws commonly used for snorting crushed prescription pain pills. She was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule III drugs with intent to resale and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free school zone.
Carver, a convicted felon, was found to have a clear plastic bag of white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in his pants pocket. He was charged with possession with intent to resale schedule II cocaine in a drug free school zone, sale and delivery of a controlled substance, in a drug free school zone, sale and delivery of schedule II in a drug free school zone.
At Williamson's home, she was detained while officers conduceted a search. Fontes said officers found cocaine, marijuana, as well as Schedule II, III, and IV prescription pain pills. Officers also found pistols, rifles, shotguns, and assorted ammunition in Williamson's bedroom. As a convicted felon, she is not allowed to possess weapons according to Tennessee law. She was charged with possession of schedule II two counts, possession of Schedule III, possession of schedule IV, and possession of Schedule VI. She may also face federal weapons charges.
In all, the two raids led to the seizure of 329 prescription pain pills, approximately 23 grams of cocaine, approximately 50 grams of marijuana, numerous weapons, cash, and two vehicles.
Sheriff Fontes said, "This investigation is continued progress by the Cocke County Sheriff's Office to combat organized crime and the drug problem which is affecting many great families in our community."