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JCSO: 14 people arrested in undercover drug sting

Deputies took 14 suspects into custody on a multitude of drug charges, including methamphetamine sales and delivery.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said authorities arrested more than a dozen people in an undercover drug sting Wednesday morning.

The JCSO said its deputies worked with New Market Police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office to take 14 suspects for a multitude of drug charges, including methamphetamine sales and delivery.

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Deputies said the focus was primarily in Strawberry Plains.  

Many of the suspects resided in Strawberry Plains, but others were from Knoxville, New Market, Jefferson City, and one was from Detroit, Michigan.

UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO MULTIPLE DRUG ARREST Deputies from Patrol, Street Crimes, Special Operation Response Team, New Market Police Department, and the Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested 14 individuals this morning following a undercover operation by deputies assigned to the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force.

Below are the suspects' names and their charges, according to the JCSO: 

  • Stanley Joseph Wells
    • 2 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule I, Sale and Delivery of Schedule II, Sale and Delivery of Schedule V
  • Steve Mark Wells
    • 2 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II
  • Michael Jason Smith
    • Sale and Delivery of Meth, 2 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth (.5), Sale and Delivery of Schedule VI
  • April Michelle Watkins
    • Sale and Delivery of Schedule II, Sale and Delivery of Schedule V, 2 counts Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Controlled Substance, Sale and Delivery of Schedule VI
  • Morgan Renee Nelson
    • Sale and Delivery of Meth (.5)
  • Tabatha Brooke Herbert
    • 4 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth
  • Jimmy Lee Lethco
    • 3 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth (.5)
  • Michael Lynn Gentry
    • 3 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule I, 3 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II
  • Samuel Travis Rynes
    • Sale and Delivery of Meth(.5)
  • Randy Lee Jones
    • 2 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth (.5), Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Control Substance
  • Willard Ray Helton
    • Sale and Delivery of Schedule II
  • Kenneth Damont Hester
    • Sale and Delivery of Schedule II
  • Erica Renee Pope
    • 7 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule I, 5 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II, 4 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth
  • Darrell Lynn Brooks
    • 7 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule I, 5 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II, 5 counts Sale and Delivery of Meth

Deputies said they expect to make more arrests as this investigation continues.