Law enforcement puts drug dealers on notice after arrests, large seizure of meth, heroin in Athens, Tenn.

Law enforcement puts drug dealers on notice after arrests, large seizure of meth, heroin in Athens, Tenn.

'This won't be the last drug house to be shuttered,' warns Chief of Police Cliff Couch

May 17th, 2019 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Law enforcement officers netted on Thursday a drug seizure totaling about $21,000 and made two arrests after serving a search warrant at a home in Athens, Tennessee.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation into the sale of illegal drugs at the home, located at 505 Kilgore St., according to a news release from the Athens Police Department.

"If you're a drug dealer in Athens, you should probably find a different line of work," reads a statement from Athens Chief of Police Cliff Couch. "Our community won't allow you to peddle this filth to our children and neighbors without being held accountable. This won't be the last drug house to be shuttered."

The bust was the result of cooperation between the Athens department, the McMinn County Sheriff's Office and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Upon entering the home, law enforcement found three adults and a 5-week-old baby.

"During the search of the residence, officers located approximately 3 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and approximately one-half pound of suspected heroin," the release states. "These drugs had a combined street value of approximately $21,000.

The drugs were seized and the Tennessee Department of Children Services responded to take custody of the child.

Charges are pending against Jason Chandler Johnson for sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug (meth) and Lueava Corr for sale and delivery of a Schedule I drug (heroin), sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug (meth), and child endangerment.

"The Athens Police Department will continue to partner with the McMinn County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task Force to take drug dealers like these off the streets," Couch said. "If you're an addict in Athens, please know that there is hope. Reach out to the Grace House, Women at the Well Ministries, or any of the other area organizations that can connect you to resources to help confront your addictions. There are people in our community that care about you and want to help you."