Grand Jury Indicts 40 People in Undercover Drug Investigation by Sheriff's Department

April 3, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department spent several hours Thursday night arresting defendants named in sealed indictments by the Grand Jury this week.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says most of the defendants are charged with various drug offenses as a result of an eleven month undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Department. “There were a total of 141 sealed indictments that involved 40 drug defendants and 5 sealed indictments that involved 3 defendants for theft crimes. This undercover drug operation has been in effect for approximately 11 months. We started this drug investigation after the 2007 April Term of the Grand Jury last year. We've bought prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, dilaudid, xanax, oxycontin, valium, phenergan, and marijuana. Through this operation, we have made drug buys from these defendants and executed search warrants on the big dealers.We decided to take arrests warrants for General Sessions Court on the big dealers instead of waiting till this Grand Jury session. We felt like we needed to take the dealers off the streets as quickly as possible, instead of allowing them to run free and sell major quantities of drugs in our county. I made a promise to you, the citizens of DeKalb County, that I would target drug dealers who are putting drugs on out on our streets and my staff and I are working hard each day to fulfill that promise. I would encourage anyone who knows or even suspects that drugs are being sold on our streets, to call me at 597-4935 or call the drug tip line at 464-6400. All calls are kept confidential”

The DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's Main Station on King Ridge Road served as the headquarters for the Thursday night roundup. After processing some paperwork on the defendants there, officers transported the prisoners to the jail.

The names of the defendants arrested so far and their charges are as follows:

40 year old Mark Robinson of Dry Creek Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax), and conspiracy to sell a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax). Total bond- $20,000

37 year old Kyra Robinson of Braswell Lane, Smithville- conspiracy to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax). Bond- $10,000

38 year old Tina Dorton of Luttrell Avenue, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug within 1,000 feet of a school (Dilaudid); sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug within 1,000 feet of a school (Valium); and sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total Bond $25,000

27 year old Amanda Bain Hicks of The Loop, Smithville-sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid).Bond $10,000

30 year old Jeremy Bandy of Walker Drive, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (2 counts) (Oxycontin).Bond $20,000

21 year old Chris Mulford of Kings Court Lane, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance (Marijuana)
Bond $10,000.

32 year old Patricia Crook of Highland Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (2 counts) (Hydrocodone)
Bond $10,000

34 year old Scottie Sykes of Alexander Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (2 counts) (Dilaudid). Bond $10,000.

46 year old Jackie Mullican of South College Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid)
Bond $10,000

32 year old Donna Thompson of Tommy Harrell Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (2 counts) (Hydrocodone). Bond $10,000.

43 year old Tonya Caldwell of Cill Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (2 counts) (Dilaudid).Bond $25,000.

40 year old William Ray Cantrell of Redmon Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydocodone), and sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug (Valium)Total Bond $35,000

24 year old Brandon Tallent of Big Rock Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Bond $10,000

26 year old Kenny Bain Jr. of Old West Point Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Bond $10,000

33 year old Joseph Barnes of Possum Hollow Lane, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin). Bond $10,000.

27 year old Brian Pack of West Main Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin). Bond $10,000

52 year old Mark West of Seven Springs Road- sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug (Xanax) and attempt to sell and deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total Bond $10,000.

49 year old Gwynn Prater of Jerry Walker Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (4 counts) (Dilaudid) and sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydocodone). Total Bond $25,000

33 year old Tabatha Murphy of Marshall Lane, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (4 counts) (Dilaudid) and sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydocodone).Total Bond $25,000.

52 year old Jeana Brown of Seven Springs Road- sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone) and sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug (2 counts) (Valium).Total Bond $10,000.

47 year old Terry Price of Seven Springs Road- sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone) and sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug (Valium). Total Bond $10,000.

24 year old Brandon Caldwell of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (2 counts) (Dilaudid) and attempt to sell and deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid).Total Bond $25,000.

25 year old Paul Eric Ervin of Big Hurricane Road- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin) Total Bond $10,000.

25 year old Sandy “Rusty” Young of Young Ridge Road, Sparta- attempt to sell and deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total Bond $10,000

31 year old Carla Chapman of West 7th Street, Cookeville- attempt to sell and deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total Bond $10,000.

20 year old Steven Cantrell of West Main Street, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule VI drug (Marijuana). Total Bond $10,000.

57 year old Larry Keaton of South Tittsworth Road, Smithville- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (2 counts) (Dilaudid). Total Bond $25,000.

41 year old Gary Hale of South Tittsworth Road- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid)
Total Bond $25,000

41 year old Debbie Cantrell of South Tittsworth Road- sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total Bond $25,000

32 year old Waylon Farless of Hales Lane, Dowelltown- burglary and theft over $1,000. Bond- $10,000

Sheriff Ray says Farless was indicted for allegedly breaking into an outbuilding on Smith Fork Road in Dowelltown in February of this year. Farless allegedly took assorted shop tools from the outbuilding valued at over $1,000

More arrests are forthcoming.

All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m.

*** In the larger picture above, officers Jody Johnson and Roger Whitehead are obtaining information from defendants Chris Mulford (wearing sleeveless tee shirt) and Paul Eric Ervin (wearing cap). Ervin is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Mulford is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance

***In the smaller picture below, Sheriff Patrick Ray is interviewing defendant Patricia Crook. She is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance ( 2 counts)

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