published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

TBI indicts 19, including police officer, in drug probe

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for 19 people, including a Crossville, Tenn., city worker and a police officer there, after a 14-month drug investigation.

TBI special agents began the case in March 2013 after receiving information about large quantities of methamphetamine in the Upper Cumberland region. On Thursday investigators obtained grand jury indictments in Cumberland County for 19 people, 15 of whom were arrested today.

Arrested were Ronald Eugene Campbell, 52, Crossville; Jerry Lee Netherton, 42, Crossville; Scott Edward Ashburn, 34, Crossville; Michael Porter, 53, Grandview; Kristi Dawn Hedgecoth, 38, Crossville; Stanley Eugene Lloyd, Jr. 45, Monterey; Zack James Scott, 26, Hartsville; David Wade Smith, 34, Crossville; Kyle Jay Eldridge, 36, the codes enforcement officer in Crossville; Billy Joe Norris, 52, Crossville; Linda Ann Howard, 40, Crossville; Ronald Dexter Hubbard, Jr., 29, Crossville; Aaron Gage Campbell, 22, a Crossville police officer; Kayla Star Hedgecoth, 22, Crossville; and Kenneth Emmerson Wiggins, 19, Crossville.

Those arrested today were booked into the Cumberland County Justice Center. In addition to the arrests, investigators seized about 10 vehicles, $125,000 in cash, and 75 firearms.

The TBI continues to investigate the operation, along with District Attorney General Randy York, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, the Livingston Police Department, the White County Sheriff’s Office, the Monterey Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department and the Pickett County Sheriff’s Department.

The Crossville Police Department assisted with today’s arrests.

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