Undercover Drug Investigation By DeKalb County Sheriff's Department Results In Indictments Against 48 People

April 6, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

After over six months of intensive undercover investigations and surveillance by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Patrick Ray says that the illegal drug business here has taken a hard hit with the arrest of numerous defendants, charged in 164 count sealed indictments returned by the Grand Jury this week

Sheriff Ray says the investigation, which began shortly after he took office last September, is in keeping with his pledge to the public that he and his administration would target dealers who are putting drugs out on our streets.

Sheriff Ray says these defendants are accused of selling undercover operatives various types of drugs. \"In our investigation, we bought prescription drugs such as Hydrococone, Dilaudid, Xanax, Valium, Oxycontin, and also Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, and Marijuana.\"

According to Sheriff Ray, he has also received assurances from the District Attorney General's Office, that they will recommend to the court that these defendants receive stiff penalties and not just a \"slap on the wrist\", upon conviction. \"All of these defendants are considered active dealers in our communities.\"

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department spent the day Friday rounding up the following defendants with still more arrests forthcoming:

Lisa M. Porterfield- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid)

Travis Tramel- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Oxycontin) and Sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance ( Hydrocodone)

Ginger Trapp- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Cocaine)

Samantha Devault- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine)

Carrie Devault- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine)

Mark West- Sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (Hyrdrocodone) and Sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax)

Josh Beaty- Sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance over one half ounce (Marijuana)

Russell Blackwell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (3 counts) (Dilaudid)

Harold Blackwell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (3 counts) (Dilaudid)

Danny Lee Burnett- Manufacture of a schedule VI controlled substance (Marijuana)

Darryl Cantrell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid) and sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone)

Nickey Reece Cantrell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid)

Michael L. Davenport- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Morphine)

Tammy M. Davenport- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Morphine)

Art Dawson- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid) and sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance over .5 grams (Cocaine)

Scott Ferrell- Sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance over one half ounce (2 counts) (Marijuana)

Steve Mabe, Jr.- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Oxycontin)

Jeanna Snow Bain- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Wayne Hicks- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid) and sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance over .5 grams (3 counts) (Cocaine)

Amanda M. Hicks- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Cocaine)

Elizabeth Chalfant- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid)

John Braswell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid)

Sabina Solano- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (3 counts) (Dilaudid)

Chad E. Knowles- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Vickie Cantrell- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Eddie Lattimore- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Robin Lawson- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Christopher Martin- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine)

Danny Ray Murphy- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) (Dilaudid)

Willie Murphy- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Morphine) and sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Valium)

Sandra Ramsey- Sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax)

Darrell Ramsey- Sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax)

John Knauer- Sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone)

Patricia Durham- Sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (Hyrdrocodone)

Meanwhile Max Teeples was arrested on a state warrant charging him with simple possession of marijuana.

Doug Judkins was picked up on a state warrant charging him with simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (Marijuana)

Wilburn Estes was arrested on a state warrant charging him with possession of a schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone) for sale and delivery and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Valium) for sale and delivery.

Two other unrelated sealed indictments were served by the Sheriff's Department Friday.

Angela Tubbs was indicted on charges of driving under the influence, DUI per se, and violation of the open container law.

Johnnie Mitchell was indicted on two counts of statutory rape of a child sixteen years of age.

Sheriff Ray says fighting the drug problem will remain the top priority in his administration because the use, sale and distribution of drugs affects so many other aspects of criminal behavior such as theft and violence.\" This operation is my administration's way of showing DeKalb County that we are serious about dealing with the drug problem. We realize that this effort is only the beginning of what we must do to get control of drug use and sales in our communities and we are committed to continuing our efforts, As a matter of fact, my administration is already working on cases that will be scheduled for a future Grand Jury\".

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