Joint Investigation into Drug Overdoses in Two Counties Results in Indictment, Arrest

Donjae Bell, 29, Arrested as Part of Ongoing Overdose Deaths Investigation

On Monday, October 3, 2022, the AHIDTA Drug Related Death Task Force with assistance from Knoxville Police Department Special Operations Squad and Drug Interdiction Unit personnel executed a state search warrant at 1900 Dutch Valley Drive #23. The search warrant was obtained by Organized Crime Unit investigator Terry Pate as part of an ongoing investigation into the overdose deaths of three different individuals in Knoxville in the past few months. 

Nine Indicted Following Multi-Agency Meth Investigation in Upper Cumberland Area

Russellville Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Methamphetamine And Gun Charges

Joint Federal And State Law Enforcement Operation Makes Arrests For Drugs And Stolen Car Offenses

Knoxville Woman Sentenced In Connection With Overdose Death

Members Of Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted For Conspiracy To Distribute Fentanyl

Kilos of coke: Trooper honored for work nabbing man in big I-75 cocaine bust

Trooper Ryan Fletcher was recognized by the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association for what authorities say is the largest area cocaine seizure so far this year.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper is being honored for his work catching a Mexican man who authorities say was trying to sneak 20 kilos of cocaine into East Tennessee -- the biggest such drug haul of the year in the state.

Ryan Fletcher stopped Luis Daniel Hernandez Mendoza the morning of April 29 on Interstate 75 at mile marker 82 driving an 2011 Audi Q7 SUV.

Two Knoxville Residents Charged In Federal Complaint With Conspiracy To Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, And Methamphetamine

Knoxville, Tenn. – On September 24, 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office filed a federal complaint charging two individuals, Michael Allen Hill, 45, and Heavyn Breanne Thomas, 23, both from Knoxville, TN, with conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, one kilogram or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Task force seeks help in combating drug overdoses in Sullivan

BLOUNTVILLE — Between March 1 and Aug. 1, 22 people died in Sullivan County as the result of drug overdoses, often from using heroin laced with other drugs, with fentanyl having become a common lethal additive.

That startling figure was among information shared on Friday by District Attorney General Barry Staubus, 2nd Judicial District (Sullivan County), and other members of the Sullivan County Drug Related Death Task Force.