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.


Federal Jury Convicts Four Defendants For Operating Knoxville-Area "Pill Mills"


Morristown Resident Sentenced to Serve 18 Years in Federal Prison on Methamphetamine Trafficking and Gun Crimes

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On June 3, 2019, Brandon Lee Alexander, 36 of Morristown, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 216 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Alexander was also denied his request for a new trial.


Federal Grand Jury Indicts 15 Individuals for Heroin and Fentanyl Conspiracy in Knoxville and Surrounding Counties

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned an eight-count indictment against Damion Knox, 34, Darnez Turner, 30, Jeremiah Johnson, 23, and Papa Diop, 23, all of Detroit, Michigan; Joshua Cooper, 37, Virgil Crawford, 45, Jessica Bouvier, 30, Stephen Bouvier, 38, Jama Collier, 23, and Tina Berry, 55, all of Knoxville, Tennessee; and, five individuals not yet in federal custody at the time of this release.  This case has been set for trial on July 1, 2019. 


Twelve Arrested in Multi-Agency Round-Up in Franklin County