Three arrested on drug and firearm charges in Dunlap, Tenn.

Three arrested on drug and firearm charges in Dunlap, Tenn.

December 11th, 2017 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Dunlap, Tenn., Police Chief Clint Huth

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Three people were arrested Friday morning in Dunlap, Tenn., on several drug and illegal possession of firearms charges.

Doyle Wheeler Bivens, 52, of Gruetli Laager, Tenn., was sought on a federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Officials were notified that Bivens was at the Mountain Inn & Suites on Rankin Avenue in Dunlap and later received information that two accomplices, Dustin Johnson, 25, of Decherd, Tenn., and Amanda Hampton, 36, of Altamont, Tenn., were with Bivens in a separate room. Upon arrival, officers located Biven's vehicle and began conducting surveillance.

Nearby hotel guests and employees were removed from the area before officers entered both rooms. Bivens was in a second floor room while Johnson and Hampton were in a ground floor room.

Johnson resisted arrest and had to be apprehended with a stun gun.

Officers discovered approximately 85 grams of methamphetamine, one ounce of marijuana, diverted prescription medication, drug paraphernalia and three loaded guns in Johnson and Hampton's hotel room. Four additional handguns and two rifles were found in Johnson's vehicle.

Johnson was wanted in Bedford County, Tenn., on a probation violation and a warrant for disorderly conduct. Hampton was wanted in Coffee County, Tenn., for failing to appear in court on a charge of possessing schedule IV drugs.

All three suspects were taken to the Sequatchie County Jail where they are being held without bond. A bond hearing is scheduled for today.

Johnson and Hampton are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana and illegal possession of controlled prescription medications. Johnson was also charged with resisting arrest.

In addition to his federal charge, Bivens was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia.