Four years.

Sixteen agencies.

57 people convicted.

And 304 years in jail.

Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced Monday that officers and agents from local, state and federal agencies have finished a four-year methamphetamine conspiracy investigation that led to 57 people being convicted and sentenced in federal court.

He announced the final convictions and sentencings in a press release Monday.

The 57 defendants will spend a collective 304 years in federal prison for their convictions, according to WCSO Lt. Doug Gregg. He said the investigation began in 2010 on Bill Jones Road in Washington County, but continued to include areas of Sulphur Springs, Telford, Limestone, Jonesborough, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Erwin and Unicoi County as well as areas in North Carolina. Gregg said the inter-agency cooperation is necessary in these types of investigations because of the number of people involved in the operation who cross county and state lines to buy meth lab precursors used to make the highly addictive drug.

Gregg said 2014 was a better year for Washington County in terms of the number of suspected meth labs discovered and dismantled.

“We had a total of seven, which includes one in Jonesborough,” Gregg said. “That’s down from last year’s (2013) total of 27 worked by Washington County Sheriff’s Office alone.”

The number of labs in Washington County in 2014, to date, was 32 down from a countywide total of 43 in 2013. Other agencies within the county worked the remaining lab scenes.

Gregg said that of those 32 suspected meth labs this year, 11 were discovered by the WCSO through proactive investigations, rather than just merely responding to reports of meth labs found.

As investigations spread and grow, investigators interview defendants and gather more leads that end up helping eliminate more labs, Gregg said. He said it isn’t unusual to find that one meth cook has passed on the method to 10 other people.

That’s what allows the meth problem to spread so quickly, he said.

The final person charged in the investigation was sentenced earlier this month.

Those arrested, their original charges, and final sentences:

Anthony W. Maupin, 39, 458 Cash Hollow Road, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, two county of distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Cory T. Maupin, 26, 201 Rich Hollow Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine X2, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Gary G. Richardson, 37, 660 Cherokee Mountain Road, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Felicia A. Hopson, 28, 210 Parsley St. #12, Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months on supervised release.

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Randall L. Sliger, 43, Headtown Road, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Distribution of 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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David Jay Yates, 50, 112 Robert Smith Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 115 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Brandon R. Fender, 31, 130 McInturff Cemetary Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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David H. Vestal, 36, 212 Creek Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 100 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Robert L. Gillis, 41, 104 Cooper Lane, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Jason R. Duncan, 36, 787 Bayless Road, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Mark A. Gardner, 38, 137 Spring Brook Road, Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Savannah J. Williams, 21, 408 N. Mohawk Drive, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Christy N. Clouse, 31, General Delivery, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Nathaniel J. Effler, 25, 313 Lee Avenue, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Timothy F. Dunbar, 44, 900 Bumpass Cove Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Sandy M. Hodges, 45, 665 Princeton Road, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 54 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Kenneth D. McCravey, 41, 533 Washington St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Jeffery H. Higgins, 44, 948 Spivey Mountain Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 52 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Brenda R. English, 41, 112 Robert Smith Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Douglas G. Gaskin, 54, 1435 Love Station Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 54 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Misty D. Potter, 37, 296 Blaine White Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 66 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Timothy W. Smith, 30, 940 N. Elm Ave., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Sentenced to 92 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Crystal D. Williams, 41, 408 Mohawk Drive, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 90 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Angelia M. Robinson, 42, 24 Taylor Ridge Court, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Rachel M. Edwards, 27, General Delivery, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Christy R. McVay, 33, 514 Rock Creek Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Jason D. Vestal, age 25, 616 Monroe St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Joshua R. Whitson, age 32, 107 Parsley St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 96 months in federal prison and 60 months on supervised release.

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Carl “Daniel” Ray, age 35, 110 Jean Davis Lane, Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Daniel R. Hopson, age 32, 210 Parsley Street #12, Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Joseph B. Banner, age 36, 160 Masters St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine X2. Sentenced to 170 months in federal prison and 96 months on supervised release.

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Jerry W. “Merd” Howell, age 47, 120 Deadrick St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Brandon Beals, age 29, 800 Broyles St. #B4, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. Sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Ray Charles “Charlie” English, age 22, 499 Hickory Hollow Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Samuel “Mack” Sanders III, age 37, 221 ½ Dry Creek Road, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Daniel “Scott” Smith, age 40, 112 Robert Smith Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. Sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Clinton C. Cooper, age 28, 1830 N. Main St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Spencer J. Yates, age 37, 578 Old Embreeville Road, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Brian S. Smith, age 41, 121 Scott Road, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Michael T. Smith, age 39, 154 Creek Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, Distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Donnie L. Hensley, age 41, 944 N. Main St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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David E. Gardner, age 53, 1159 Mountainview Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Robert C. Bennett, age 36, 353 Spice Hollow Road, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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George R. Thomas, age 31, 419 Walnut St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Timothy S. Franklin, age 37, 454 Hickory Hollow Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Stacy G. Black, age 44, 420 Walnut St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance X2. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Jarrod A. Hicks, age 33, 135 Virgie Hicks Road, Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. Sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Autumn M. McKinney, age 28, 206 Gay St., Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 42 months in federal prison and 46 months on supervised release.

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Jeffrey R. Casey, age 36, 136 M Coffey Lane, Jonesborough; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance X2. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Lisa C. Effler, age 44, 620 Mill Creek Road, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Jason A. Briggs, age 35, 4575 Old Asheville Highway, Flag Pond; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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Darren L “Pooh” Hensley, age 29, 208 Williams Street, Erwin; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 75 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Richie J. Barnett, age 49, 911 Massachusetts Ave., Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Manufacture of a quantity of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 135 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Ruth N. Barnett, age 45, 911 Massachusetts Ave., Unicoi; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Manufacture of a quantity of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Kyle A. White, 35, 1201 E. 8th Ave. #4, Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, Manufacture of a quantity of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 114 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Dena V. Dugger, 30, 105 Hamilton St., Johnson City; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, Maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, and using methamphetamine. Sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 48 months on supervised release.

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Tara N. Hill, 32, 169 Lovers Lane, Elizabethton; Initial Charges: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 36 months on supervised release.

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In addition to the WCSO, agencies that participated in the investigation were: Erwin Police Department, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office, 1st Judicial Drug Task Force, Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethton Police Department, Green County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department, Kingsport Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Anyone having any knowledge of a methamphetamine lab is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency. If any item is found that is believed to be a one-pot meth lab or a chemical used in the manufacture of methamphetamine you are asked not to touch it, as a slight disturbance is sometimes all that is needed to cause a chemical reaction that could result in death or serious bodily injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Doc says:

    This as a big deal. I’ve gone through these 57 mug shots. Some of these people look mean/scary and some not so much so. You also cannot just look at any of these mug shots, well most of them, and identify this person or that person as a meth user. Some also look afraid and some like they just don’t care. Some look like they just got out of bed (having sex? Up on a 4-day binge?) and others look well dressed. Some have not aged well.

    Being a scientist, I looked at some statistics from the information provided.

    Of the 57 people convicted, there were 15 women and 42 men. Overall the average age was 36.5 =/- 7.5 years. The oldest convicted was 54 and the youngest was 21. The average time of the sentence was 63 +/- 31.9 months, indicating a wide range in sentencing (from 0 to 170 months). The average amount of supervised release was 48.8 +/- 9 months, ranging from 36 to 96 months.

    There does not appear to be any significant differences between the men and the women. The average age of the women was 35 +/- 7.6 years (range from 21 to 45) and for the men was 37 +/- 7.4 years (range from 22 to 54).

    There was a slight difference in sentencing. The men were sentenced to an average of 68.2 +/- 31.3 months (range 10 to 170 months) while the average sentence for the women was 48.4 +/- 29.7 months (range 0 to 120 months).

    Supervised probation was similar with the men sentenced to 49.1 +/- 9.9 months (range 36 to 96) and the women sentenced to 48.4 +/- 6.4 months (range 36 to 60) of supervised probation.

  2. Simon Alvani says:

    Gary Richardson (third from top) looks like Ricky Gervais!