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Operation Spring Fever Nabs Drug Dealing Suspects

Operation Spring Fever Nabs Drug Dealing Suspects

Local law enforcement officers launched a round up early yesterday morning after a six-month undercover sting dubbed Operation Spring Fever resulted in 73 indictments by a Sevier County Grand Jury.

The Sevier County Street Crimes Unit, a special task force made up of officers from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, conducted Operation Spring Fever. According to Sheriff Ron Seals, a Sevier County Grand Jury indicted 73 individuals at the conclusion of that undercover drug operation last week.

Task force officers, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; U. S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force; and the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections, set out before dawn on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to round up the suspects and by the end of the day had 48 of 73 in custody. Officers were working to locate the remaining 25 individuals that were indicted.

Most charges against the drug round up suspects involved prescription painkillers, but some were Schedule I substances including heroin. In some cases, suspects allegedly sold counterfeit drugs. In February, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation warned of deadly counterfeit prescription drugs being circulated in the state.

The following Operation Spring Fever suspects were arrested on Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

Tyler A. Nelson – age 25

674 Whippoorwill Drive

Talbott, Tenn.

2 counts Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Drugs

$10,000 Bond

 

Tina M. Darby – age 38

2253 Old Newport Hwy

Sevierville, Tenn.

3 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$50,000 Bond

 

Chad A. Powers – age 42

1516 Kilvee Lane

Sevierville, Tenn.

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a school zone

$30,000 bond

 

Krayle D. Wheeler – age 52

526 Golf Drive

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a school zone

$30,000 bond

 

Crystal M. Thornton – age 33

179 Fairgarden Drive

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a school zone

$30,000 bond

 

Lantie L. Pitsenbarger – age 39

1120 Valley Farms Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

3 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic

$10,000 bond

 

Ashley R. Hancock – age 28

815 Burden Hill Drive

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a park zone

$15,000 bond

 

Gary E. Andre – age 52

735 Northview Drive

Kodak, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II narcotic

$25,000

 

Nancy E. Gunter – age 49

711 Posty Way

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Substance

$7500 bond

 

Vick Ramsey – age 37

820 Golf View Blvd.

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic Counterfeit

$15,000 bond

 

Crystal R. Gregory – age 35

545 Dry Hollow Road

Knoxville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic

$10,000 bond

 

Michael P. Barnes – age 35

1780 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a school zone

$20,000 bond

 

Lela L. McGill – age 36

409 Eastgate Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic

$7500 bond

 

Janie S. Cruze – age 59

2631 Highland Park Drive

Sevierville, Tenn.

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic in a school zone

$40,000

 

Kimberly L. Jordan – age 46

4216 Dellinger Hollow Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic

$10,000 bond

 

Amanda G. Pennington – age 35

820 Golf View Drive

Pigeon Forge Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$7500 bond

 

Andrew E. Rochelle – age 30

1629 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule I Narcotic

$7500 bond

 

Terri A. Ball – age 34

4336 Manis Hollow Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

3 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

4 counts of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic

$50,000 bond

 

Julio J. Noguera – age 33

278 Beech Branch Road

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

1 count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotic w/ intent to sell

2 counts Drug Paraphernalia

2 counts Aggravated Assault

Possession of Schedule IV narcotic W/ intent to sell

Reckless Endangerment

Evading Arrest (Felony)

$100,000 Bond

 

Ryan A. Boone – age 37

602 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$15,000 bond

 

Betty L. Hodges – age 31

1629 E Parkway

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

2 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$15,000 bond

 

Timothy D. Sheffield – age 27

331 Longbranch Road

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

4 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in School Zone

$75,000 bond

 

Trace W. Wilcox – age 43

230 Ski Mountain Road

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

3 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic

$15,000 bond

 

Michael W. Graham – age 50 (already in custody)

210 Conner Heights Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

6 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

2 counts Conspiracy to sell a Controlled Substance

$100,000 bond

 

Cody W. Graham – age 25 (already in custody)

210 Conner Heights Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

6 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

2 counts Conspiracy to sell a Controlled Substance

$50,000 bond

 

Florence A. Reed – age 41

318 McMahan Ave

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic in a School Zone

$35,000 bond

 

Joshua A. Lombrana – age 21

740 Pine Mountain Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$7500 bond

 

John H. Hood – age 33

1936 Wild Flower Way

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a School Zone

Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic

$35,000 Bond

 

Randy E. Woodby – age 52

662 Johnson Road

Kodak, Tenn.

5 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$45,000 bond

 

Jon R. Smith – age 25

390 E. Parkway #109

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

3 counts of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule Narcotics

$15,000 bond

 

Tiffany R. Grimmett – age 32

210 Parkway #1201

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$20,000 bond

 

Matthew W. Tipton – age 23

920 Palmer Court

Kodak, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a School Zone

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

$35,000 bond

 

Brittany Reed – age 23

3118 Hickory Drive

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a School Zone

Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

$25,000 bond

 

Angela M. Walker – age 41

503 Rush Branch Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

Sale and Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance

$30,000 bond

 

Bart S. Handwerker – age 25

Murrell Meadows Drive Apt#11

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule I Narcotic (Heroin)

$5000 bond

 

Tony A. Maples – age 56

9714 Thorngrove Pike

Kodak, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a Park Zone

$15,000 bond

 

Amy M. Lewis – age 38

143 Cheyenne Circle

Cosby, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Narcotic

$7,500 bond

 

Jamie L. Smith – age 24

937 Johns Branch Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a School Zone

$15,000 bond

 

Daniel J. Williams – age 44

339 Hansel Lead Road

Seymour, Tenn.

1 count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in a School Zone

$15,000 bond

 

Jason A. Keating – age 28

940 Eslinger Court

Kodak, Tenn.

2 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

3 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule I Narcotic

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic

Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

$40,000 bond

 

Holly Leeper – age 20

716 Deer Berry Way

Kodak, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic in School Zone

$40,000 bond

 

Tiffany D. Parker – age 31

940 Eslinger Court

Kodak, Tenn.

2 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule III Narcotic

Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

$15,000 bond

 

Catherine M. Pyrtle – age 46

3412 Hazelwood Drive #401

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule IV Narcotic

$5000 bond

 

Juan J. Villalobos – age 39

315 Seehorn Drive

Newport, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic Drug Free Park Zone

Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

$30,000 bond

 

Crystal Cuthertson – age 41

1034 Millican Grove Road

Sevierville, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule I Narcotic

$20,000 bond

 

David S. Loveday

Knoxville, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$7500 bond

 

Lewis R. Hegyi

Knoxville, Tenn.

1 count Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

1 count Sale and Delivery of Counterfeit Schedule II Narcotic

$5000 bond

 

Carrie Gibson – age 36

Knoxville, Tenn.

4 counts Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotic

$15,000 bond

 

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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