Tip leads to Narcotics arrest

On June 12th, agents with the 7th Judicial District Crime Task Force (CTF) received a narcotics tip from Oneida Police Department (OPD) about Damon West, a narcotics dealer from Scott County, operating out of a hotel in Clinton.  Agents located this subject at a hotel in Clinton.  Upon locating West, agents requested assistance from Clinton Police Department for making contact with West and the following investigation.  Law Enforcement made consensual contact with him.  West consented to a search of his hotel room as well as, agreed to speak to investigators.  A search of the hotel room yielded 6 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of marijuana, and two firearms.  One of the firearms was deformed in a way to conceal the serial number.  Agents spoke to West and learned that he was in Clinton in order to sell methamphetamine in an area where law enforcement was unfamiliar with him.

Due to one of the firearms having an obliterated serial number, agents have been in contact with other law enforcement agencies in order to determine if one or both of the firearms were stolen or have been involved in any other crimes.  This portion of the investigation remains ongoing.

Chief Becker of Clinton Police Department noted his thanks for the narcotics tip from Oneida Police Department by saying, “Although due to a lack of geographic proximity we do not work with OPD much, however, it was a great help to have them in communication with the 7th CTF in order to help address this particular issue.  The presence of narcotics is not just a local issue, rather it is a national issue law enforcement deals with daily.  The interagency cooperation in this case key in dealing with this portion of the narcotics trade that is affecting the City of Clinton and the community at large.”

The 7th Judicial Crime Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the 7th Judicial District Attorney General’s office, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, Oliver Springs Police Department, and Rocky Top Police Department.  The Crime Task Force focuses on drug and violent crime.  The Task Force is currently led by Director Simon Byrne.

All weights, counts, and identity of substances are pending the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab Results.  Charges are pending at this time.

 TCA Charge Description Warrant Bond
 39-17-434 MFG/DEL/SALE/POSS METHAPHETAMINE $5,000
 53-11-401 MAINTAINING A DWELLING $5,000
 39-17-425 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA $5,000
 39-17-1324 POSS FIREARM IN COMMISSION OF A FELONY $5,000
 39-17-418A SIMPLE POSSESSION OR CASUAL EXCHANGE $5,000

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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