Suspected Marijuana Dealer Sentenced In Criminal Court

July 8, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 48 year old man, who was found with 83 pounds of marijuana last summer by Smithville Police, pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday under a negotiated settlement with state prosecutors.

Timothy Dean Adams entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana).

Judge Lillie Ann Sells sentenced Adams to an eight year term suspended to probation after he serves six months. He was fined $2,000 and must perform 100 hours of community service work.

The marijuana, shrink-wrapped in nine large packages and in three smaller bags, was confiscated on June 21, 2005 by Smithville Police.

The bust was made after officers and TBI drug agents executed a search warrant at a residence on Meadowbrook Drive. The marijuana and two shotguns were then recovered by authorities.

The street value of the illegal weed was placed at over $100,000.

In addition to the drug and shotguns, authorities also seized $820 in cash and a 2004 Mazda car.

In other cases Friday, 49 year old Johnny Ray Ball pleaded guilty to Tenn Care Fraud and received a two year sentence on probation. He must make restitution of $160 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and perform 100 hours of community service work.

30 year old Russell Allen Blackwell pleaded guilty to forgery, driving on a suspended license, and violation of the registration law. He received a two year sentence suspended to probation after he serves 60 days. He was fined $50 and ordered to make restitution of $847. He allegedly passed a forged check from Triple-A Enterprises at Smithville Food Store.

39 year old Howard R. Mayo, Jr. pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license (7th offense) and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to probation except 45 days. He was fined $50 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation case against him.

44 year old Danny Ray Ponder pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a four year sentence suspended to probation after he serves 300 days. He must pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution of $385 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and TBI. Ponder must also perform 100 hours of community service work and undergo and alcohol and drug assessment. The term is to run consecutive to any other case against him. Ponder was given credit for 234 days of jail time served.

53 year old Brenda Gayle Shephard pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. She received a four year sentence but will be on probation if she successfully completes eight months of rehab at the Mission Bible Training Center in Crossville. Shephard was fined $2,000 and must perform 100 hours of community service work. She was also ordered to make restitution of $320 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

31 year old Jackie Lee Snider pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a three year sentence, all suspended to probation except 120 days to serve. He was fined $2,000. The case is to run consecutive to a General Sessions Court case against him. He was given credit for seven days of jail time served.

29 year old Brandon L. Starnes pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license (3rd offense), evading arrest, and simple possession. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve. He was fined $250 and given credit for 163 days of jail time served. The sentence is to run consecutive to a case against him in Rutherford County.

47 year old Robert Eugene Zimmerman pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule III controlled substance. He received a three year sentence, suspended to probation except for 60 days to serve. He was fined $2,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work.

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