7th Judicial Drug Task Force and Oak Ridge Police arrest several after indictments

OAK RIDGE, TENN. (July 15, 2021) – On Tuesday July 13, 2021, Agents with the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force completed a lengthy investigation of illicit drug sales in Oak Ridge by executing Criminal Capias Warrants following Anderson County Grand Jury indictments on the following 9 individuals:

From Oak Ridge:
Desmond Slater, age 41,
Rodney Porter, age 29,
Justin Postell, age 29,
Timothy Kirk, age 63
Kelly Troupe, age 37
Asante Ward, age 38
Rayshawn Freeman, age 26
Derrick Smith, age 30
Joseph Lee, age 31
Damian Ellis, age 31

More arrests are anticipated in this investigation. During the arrests, Agents secured a search warrant for a residence and recovered illicit narcotics and firearms.

District Attorney General Dave Clark said: “We are always conducting complex and lengthy undercover investigations and this week the public sees what we have been working on but could not talk about for over a year. Anderson County is a bad place for criminals to do business.”

Agencies who participated in the arrest efforts include the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Ridge Police Department, United States Marshal’s Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, National Guard Counter Drug, force Knox County Sheriff’s Office (Aviation Unit), and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Oak Ridge Police Chief Robin Smith said: “We’ve heard the community’s concerns and by partnering with the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force we have responded to those concerns in an effort to make the community safer for
all. All arrested defendants are pending court proceedings.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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