Joint Drug Operation in Morristown Nets 14 Arrests

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A joint drug operation in Morristown has landed 14 people behind bars on various charges, and officials said they expect more arrests to come.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's drug investigation division worked with the Morristown Police Department for the past two years to identify people selling and delivering various narcotics including opioid painkillers, heroin and methamphetamine.

“We want this operation to serve as a wake-up call to all drug dealers, big or small, that they’re on our radar,” TBI Drug Investigation Division Assistant Director T.J. Jordan said. “These arrests serve as a testament that we are committed to tracking down dealers, especially those contributing to the opioid crisis in our state. We value our partnerships with local agencies like the Morristown Police Department, and we will continue to work together to target those bringing drugs into our communities.”

The Hamblen County Grand Jury indicted 14 Morristown people on March 1:

· Thomas James Senter, Jr., 60, on three counts of sale and delivery of schedule III controlled substance; · Darin Keith Seay, 45, on three counts of sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Alphonso Smith II, 32, on three counts including one sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance and two counts of sale and delivery of schedule I controlled substance; · Nikki Aldridge, 37, on one count sale and delivery of schedule III controlled substance; · Robert Allen, 27, on four counts sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Melissa Filtz, 42, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Christopher Foulks, 42, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Randy Greene, 46, on two counts sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Marty Ivy, 28, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Angela Lacy, 47,on two counts sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · Calvin Ledford, 62, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; · April Talley, 48, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance and three counts sale and delivery of schedule III controlled substance; · Lori Walker, 72, on two counts sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance; and · Kaison Willis, 26, on one count sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance.

“The illegal use of narcotics continues to be a danger to health and safety in our community,” Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt said. “This multi-agency effort demonstrates the effectiveness we can have when we all work toward a common goal. I appreciate the efforts of all of the officers and agents involved in this investigation.”

Law enforcement raided Smith's home on Monday and said they seized almost 600 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $20,00 in cash. Smith's also now facing charges including sale and deliver of schedule VI controlled substances and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

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