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Police, deputies, TBI arrest 4 in Dunlap on heroin charges

Jason Lee Smith (left) and son, Bradley Keith Smith, were arrested on heroin charges.

July 3, 2019 – Police officers from several departments conducted an investigation this week leading to four arrests with regard to heroin possession and distribution.

On the evening of Monday, July 1, officers with the Dunlap Police Department (DPD) and Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) assisted the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Drug Investigation Division in searching two local residences for illegal drugs.

According to a statement released by the DPD, the first residence searched was that of Bradley Keith Smith, 21, at the Valley View Garden Apartments located on SR 28 in Dunlap

During the search of the apartment officers located over a half gram of heroin packaged for resale and two loaded handguns. Smith was charged with possession of heroin for resale and transported to the Sequatchie County Jail.

Officers then searched the residence of Jason Lee Smith, 45, on Bradley Drive in Dunlap. Officers found approximately 3 grams of heroin packaged for resale and two loaded handguns at that residence. Jason Smith also was charged with possession of heroin for resale and transported to the Sequatchie County Jail.

According to a spokesman for the jail, Jason Smith is the father of Bradley Smith.

Officers continued the investigation throughout the following day, July 2, which resulted in the arrest of two 17-year-old male juveniles for attempting to purchase heroin. One of the juveniles was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.

Both of the Smiths had a bond hearing in Sequatchie County General Sessions Court this morning (July 3). Bond was denied, and their next appearance date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17.

Law enforcement officials have been extremely concerned with the presence of illegal drugs within our community, especially heroin,” a spokesman for the DPD said today. “In addition to a 21-year-old and two 17-year-olds being arrested, further details of this investigation indicate additional young adults and juveniles are involved in the use and trafficking of heroin.”

Heroin does not discriminate and crosses all ethnic, social, and economic boundaries. Parents are asked to speak with their children about drug use and watch for any possible indicators of drug use.”