Left to right are: Johnny Laymon, Tracy McPherson, and Amber Angel.
13, 2018 – A misaddressed message on Facebook ended up leading to
the arrest Thursday, July 12, of three people on drug charges, and the confiscation of a substance that may prove to be methamphetamine laced with Fentanyl.
The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department got a call recently from someone reporting drug-related information received through Facebook Messenger. The person on the receiving end does not use illicit drugs, so they contacted authorities.
Detectives took it from there, continuing the conversation through Facebook until they had enough evidence to request a search warrant.
Working in collaboration with the Dunlap Police Department, sheriff's department detectives raided a home at 4559 West Valley Rd., arresting three people: Johnny Laymon, 51, of Dunlap (owner of the home); Amber Angel, 43, of Pikeville, and Tracy McPherson, 50, also of Pikeville. All were charged with felony possession of Schedule II narcotics, with additional charges pending.
Speaking by phone Friday, Det. Jody Lockhart said the narcotics were methamphetamine thought to be laced with Fentanyl, a deadly opioid.
“It's killing a lot of people – and officers,” he said. “If you come in contact with it, it can absorb through the skin and kill you. That's why we carry the Narcan. Fentanyl is 1,000 times more powerful than morphine.”
Lockhart said the sheriff's department has “heard reports of Fentanyl showing up in the valley.”
Lab tests will be conducted on the drugs confiscated at the scene of the arrest yesterday, but testing for Fentanyl is more extensive than for other drugs, and it may be a while before confirmation of it is received.
McPherson, Angel, and Laymon have been booked into the Sequatchie County Jail on open court bond, and will be held until their first appearance in General Sessions Court Friday, July 20.