Sheriff says 16 indicted in “Propane Cowboys” meth ring

He says operation in McMinn County extended across East Tennessee and into North Georgia

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ATHENS, Tennessee (WDEF) – McMinn County and other agencies are still rounding up suspects in a long drug investigation.

Sheriff Joe Guy says they have identified 16 suspects in a major meth operation in East Tennessee.

Operation “Propane Cowboys” has been in the works for 6 months.

The investigating agencies seized around 8 kilograms of meth, cocaine, Xanax and hydrocodone.

After indictments were handed down last week, the Sheriff’s office has been arresting suspects, mostly in the Athens and Niota area.

But they say the ring operated down into north Georgia.

Sheriff Guy said “I want to commend our officers, the DTF agents, and the TBI for the great work that was done to take down this major meth operation down,” Said Sheriff Guy. “The Propane Cowboys Case is a victory for the citizens of our county as well as also our region and our state.”

Four suspects remain at large.

But these are not after their arrests:

RAYMOND SCOTT KNOX

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417E)

· Three (3) counts Manufacture/Deliver/Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV (Alprazolam) Drugs (39-17-417E)

· Three (3) counts Possession of a Firearm with the Intent to Go Armed During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony (TCA 39-17-1324a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon (TCA 39-17-1307(b)(1)

· One (1) count Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon (TCA 39-17-1307(c)(1)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) .5 Grams or More (TCA 39-17-417C)

· Four (4) counts of Sale/Deliver or Aid-Abet the Sale/Deliver of Drugs Obtained with TennCare (TCA 71-5-2601)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C

 

MELISSA SKINNER

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417E)

· Three (3) counts Manufacture/Deliver/Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV (Alprazolam) Drugs (39-17-417E)

· One (1) count Possession of a Firearm with the Intent to Go Armed During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony (TCA 39-17-1324a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon (TCA 39-17-1307(b)(1)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) .5 Grams or More (TCA 39-17-417C)

· Four (4) counts of Sale/Deliver or Aid-Abet the Sale/Deliver of Drugs Obtained with TennCare (TCA 71-5-2601)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

JONATHAN KNOX

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Cocaine) .5 Grams or More (TCA 39-17-417C)

KENNETH HUCKABY (in Federal Custody)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

DOUGLAS HUTCHISON

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count Possession of a Firearm with the Intent to Go Armed During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony (TCA 39-17-1324a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon (TCA 39-17-1307(b)(1)

GEORGE BUCHANAN

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

LAWERNCE SCHMIDT

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

RUSSELL ROUSE (in Bradley Co Jail)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

ZACHERY LINER

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture, and/or Sell a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) Over 300 Grams (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417E)

· Two (2) counts Manufacture/Deliver/Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV (Alprazolam) Drugs (39-17-417E)

· One (1) count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) 300 Grams or More with Intent to Sell or Deliver (39-17-434a)

· Seven (7) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) (TCA 39-17-434a)

FELIX MACUGA III

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

STACY DEWAYNE MOSES

· Four (4) counts of Sale/Deliver or Aid-Abet the Sale/Deliver of Drugs Obtained with TennCare (TCA 71-5-2601)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417E)

· Two (2) counts Manufacture/Deliver/Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV (Alprazolam) Drugs (39-17-417E)

WANDA SIMPSON

· Four (4) counts of Sale/Deliver or Aid-Abet the Sale/Deliver of Drugs Obtained with TennCare (TCA 71-5-2601)

· Two (2) counts of Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (Hydrocodone) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417C)

· One (1) count of Conspiracy to Sale/Delivery/Manufacture or Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam) (TCA 39-12-103 and 39-17-417E)

· Two (2) counts Manufacture/Deliver/Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV (Alprazolam) Drugs (39-17-417E)

 

 

 

Four suspects remain at large at the present time.

 

On April 21, 2022, McMinn County Sheriff’s Office, the 10th DTF, and the TBI conducted an arrest operation seeking the indicted suspects, in which several were taken into custody. Over the weekend, additional suspects were either taken into custody or turned themselves in to the McMinn Co Jail. According to Sheriff Guy, most of the arrests in McMinn County were in the Athens and Niota areas.

 

 

“I want to commend our officers, the DTF agents, and the TBI for the great work that was done to take down this major meth operation down,” Said Sheriff Guy. “The Propane Cowboys Case is a victory for the citizens of our county as well as also our region and our state.”

The investigation is continuing.

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