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Drug suspects arrested in sweep

Friday, March 7, 2008

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Many of the suspects arrested this week stand with law officers at Bedford County Jail following their arrests. Investigators said more arrests are expected.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
A large number of drug suspects in Bedford and Marshall counties were arrested Tuesday in Operation Byrne Blitz, part of a nationwide effort on the National Day of Drug Enforcement.

About 100 warrants were issued, said director Timothy R. Lane of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Officers from the Bedford and Marshall County sheriff's departments and Shelbyville and Lewisburg police departments, along with DTF officers, made the arrests.

"The assistance provided by these agencies throughout the past year cannot be overemphasized," Lane said.

The arrests resulted from investigations conducted by the DTF over the past year, assistant director Timothy J. Miller said.

Twelve persons from Bedford County had been charged as of Wednesday, Bedford County Jail records show. Authorities said more arrests are expected.

Records of specific types of some drugs or amounts seized were not available.

Charged with possession of a schedule II drug were Walter Lenar Buckingham Jr., 33, Belmont Avenue (two counts); Pamela Wynee Connolly, 44, Bethany Lane; Steven Markell Davis, 31, Rockwood Drive; Bridgette Consuela Harris, 34, Choctaw Court; and Tammy Lynn Williams, 25, Anthony Lane.

Bertha Catherine Prouty, 59, Buzzard Roost Road, was charged with possession of a schedule III drug.

Brenda Renee Tigue, 48, Peacock Lane was charged with possession of a schedule IV drug.

Charged with possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) were Bryan Matthew Davis, 22, Old Pencil Mill Road; Christopher Dean Kemp, 21, El Bethel Road; Raymond Jerrod McGowan, 18, Templeton Street; William Joel Powell, 26, Railroad Avenue; and Russell Chenney Winsett, 25, Fairground Heights (two counts).

Powell was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges of alteration of items' distinguishing numbers, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon were filed against Winsett.

Sheriff Randall Boyce indicated his department would continue to work hard toward supporting the drug task force in targeting illegal drug traffickers in Bedford County.

Shelbyville police chief Austin Swing also praised the cooperation among local law enforcement agencies in fighting city and county drug traffic.

Operation Byrne Blitz is named for New York City officer Edward Byrne, who was killed while in uniform in his squad car some 20 years while protecting a witness in a major drug case.

Byrne is also memorialized in the federally-funded Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant, which provides assistance to multi-jurisdictional drug task forces throughout the United States.

The Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2008, recently approved by Congress, authorizes reductions of about 67 percent of federal funding used by multi-jurisdictional drug task forces.

Lane, Southeast director of the National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition, says efforts are being made to have the money restored by either passing a new law or attaching the funding to the War Supplemental Act, which will be introduced in Congress in April.

More arrests

Two drug arrests Wednesday were unrelated to the blitz.

Brittney Michelle Slavick, 18, Myers Street, and Timothy Ford McCain, 18, Burt Street, were charged after Officer Waymond Boyd stopped the car she was driving on Depot Street because a taillight was out.

Slavick admitted possessing a Loritab while Boyd found a small amount of marijuana in McCain's wallet after it fell from his pants.

Charges of driving on a revoked/suspended license and possession of a schedule III drug were filed against Slavick, who was released on $2,000 bond.

McCain, charged with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, also posted $2,000 bond.

No cash

Whoever took the cash register from 82 Auto Sales, Highway 82 South, overnight Tuesday got a rude surprise: No money was inside.

Two television sets, a video surveillance monitor and two vehicle keys were taken, Deputy Johnnie Groce said.

No signs of forced entry were found by investigators.

Jail intake

The following persons were arrested since Wednesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and processed through Bedford County Jail. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

*Troy R. Brewer, Troupe Road; public intoxication; released, $500 bond

*Walter Lenar Buckingham Jr., 33, Belmont Avenue; possession of schedule II drug (two counts); held, $30,000 bond

*Pamela Wynee Connolly, 44, Bethany Lane; possession of schedule II drug; released, $10,000 bond

*James Daniel Crunk, 42, Old Pencil Mill Road; failure to appear, fugitive from justice; held, $2,500 bond

*Bryan Matthew Davis, 22, Old Pencil Mill Road; possession of schedule VI drug; released, $10,000 bond

*Steven Markell Davis, 31, Rockwood Drive; possession of schedule II drug; released, $10,000 bond

*Jerry Lynn Fox, 64, Main Street East, Wartrace; domestic assault; held, $1,000 bond

*Bridgette Consuela Harris, 34, Choctaw Court; possession of schedule II drug; released, $2,500 bond

*Christopher Dean Kemp, 21, El Bethel Road; possession of schedule VI drug; released, $5,000 bond

*Randy Dale Maddox Jr., 23, Pickle Street; simple possession, possession of a weapon, bondsman surrender; released, $13,500 bond

*Timothy Ford McCain, 18, Burt Street; simple possession, possesison of drug paraphernalia; released, $2,000 bond

*Raymond Jerrod McGowan, 18, Templeton Street; possession of schedule VI drug; released, $2,500 bond

*Marie Lynn Powell, 28, Coop Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

*William Joel Powell, 26, Railroad Avenue; possession of schedule VI drug, possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $33,000 bond

*Bertha Catherine Prouty, 59, Buzzard Roost Road; possession of schedule III drug; released, $10,000 bond

*Brittney Michelle Slavick, 18, Myers Street; driving on revoked/suspended license, possession of schedule III drug; released, $2,000 bond

*Brenda Renee Tigue, 48, Peacock Lane; possession of schedule IV drug; released, $10,000 bond

*Ronald Blake Whitehead, 19, Dunnaway Road; simple possession; released, $1,000 bond

*Tammy Lynn Williams, 25, Anthony Lane; possession of schedule II drug; released, $10,000 bond

*Russell Chenney Winsett, 25, Fairground Heights; alteration of items' distinguishing numbers, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule VI drug (two counts), possession of a weapon; released, $25,500 bond