Six more drug defendants have been arrested as part of the recent undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Department.
Those defendants and their charges are as follows:
56 year old George O. Divine of North Butler Street Sparta:
Three counts of Sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Adderall), bond $90,000
28 year old Brandy Faye Batey of King Ridge Road, Dowelltown:
Two counts of Sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Opana); two counts of drug free zone, bond $100,000
30 year old Ronald “Jag” Jagnandan of C.B. Johnson Road, Sparta:
One count of Sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Roxycodone); One count of Sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Adderall), bond $60,000.
47 year old Howard Robert Mayo Jr. of Main Street, Gassaway:
One count of Sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone), bond $20,000
48 year old Evelyn Darlene Cantrell of Bobby Hayes Road, Dowelltown:
Two counts of Sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Opana), bond $60,000
31 year old James Todd Qualls of Luna Lane Sparta:
Initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a schedule I drug (Mushroom), bond $75,000
All will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on February 21.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday he spoke with officials of the Tennessee Inspector General’s office concerning the possibility that some of the 64 drug defendants in the investigation illegally sold TennCare funded precriptions. "Our departments will be working together to see if any of our drug defendants from our latest drug bust sold their prescriptions that were paid for by Tenn-Care. If any defendant is found to have bought their prescriptions with tax money (Tenn-Care funds), the defendant could face additional charges and may loose their government funded healthcare," said Sheriff Ray.
According to the Sheriff, a variety of drugs were purchased through this three month investigation from individuals across the county. "Through these controlled drug buys, we were able to purchase many different types of drugs. We purchased Dilaudid, Morphine, Opana, Roxycodone, Percocet, Hydocodone, Suboxone Strips, Suboxone Pills, Adderall, Valium, Xanax, Subutex, Ecstasy, Crack Cocaine, and Marijuana. The majority of the drugs bought were prescription pain killers," he said.