25, 2017 – In a conclusion to a months-long investigation, state
and local law enforcement agencies conducted a major round-up
Wednesday, May 24, of suspects indicted by the Sequatchie County
Grand Jury, most on drug charges.
of the notable exceptions was Zachery Colton Higgins, 27, of a Bowman
Street address in Dunlap, who was indicted on the charge of
was at his house when the officers arrived, and upon receiving
consent to search the house, officers found “two loaded weapons and
approximately 2 ounces of methamphetamine packaged for resale,”
Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth said Thursday.
weapons were a Glock 27 .40-caliber pistol and a Smith and Wesson
.40-caliber pistol. It turned out the Glock was reported stolen from
a local vehicle in December, Huth said. Higgins had past convictions
for aggravated burglary (2007), robbery (2009), and felon in
possession of a firearm (2012). He now stands charged with
possession of meth for resale, felon in possession of firearms,
possession of Schedule II (prescription pills unlawfully obtained),
and possession of stolen property, in addition to the original charge
of aggravated rape.
said the round-up was a cooperative effort, with the Dunlap Police
Department, Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Bureau
of Investigation, the Tennessee Department of Corrections -- and even
Puckett EMS -- going out in three teams to apprehend men and women on a
list of indictments returned Monday by the Grand Jury.
three teams each had a “tactical” paramedic along.
like a combat medic,” Huth explained. “They are trained to act
as a paramedic in a high-risk situation.” The paramedics were
“just in case,” but no one was reported injured in this week's
officers and the sheriff's officers – our detectives – have been
doing a lot of undercover drug investigations,” Huth explained.
“We've been planning this operation several months.”
from the public played a big role in the drug arrests, Huth pointed
out. When people call the police and inform them of known drug
manufacture and sales going on, it gives officers a starting point
for taking it off the streets.
been gathering evidence, gathering surveillance,” he said. “Then
we presented 25 original cases to the Grand Jury for possible
indictment. All of them came back as true bills. A total of 30
people were on that list,” although a few on the list were not
drug-related, he added.
for sale and delivery of methamphetamine were:
Newman, 33 years old.
Phillips, 39 (2 counts).
Dylan Cowley, 26.
Hatfield, 36 (2 counts).
Ann Land, 52 (2 counts).
Lee Harmon, 39.
Shane Cooley, 40 (3 counts).
J. Johnson, 49.
for manufacture of marijuana were Daniel Lee Sullivan, 58, Stephanie
Yvette Lowe, 42, and Noah Lee Lowe, 45.
Elizabeth Harvey, 44, was arrested for 2 counts of theft / forgery.
Jeffery L. Hall, 32, was charged with aggravated burglary.
Phillips, and Harmon were easy to find – they were already in the
Sequatchie County Jail on other charges. Kirby D. Wideman, 45, and
Jaysenda Lacreed Boyd, 24, both charged with sale and delivery of
meth, were located in the Grundy County Jail.
Zachary Tate, a 26-year-old white male wanted for sale and delivery
of meth, is believed to be in Louisiana, Huth said.
suspects on the round-up list have yet to be located, but authorities
will be looking for them in coming days.