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“These people have been a real problem for the community. Many are repeat offenders,” Ashe said.

The majority of individuals indicted were brought up on charges of selling a Schedule II substance, mostly cocaine. After several hours, Ashe said they had brought in nearly half the suspects, and around noon Monday, many had posted bond.

Ashe said there were some John Doe’s who they were working on identifying through interviews with other individuals involved in the roundup. He also said that some have left the jurisdiction and have been entered into national computer crime listings.

Those arrested so far during the roundup are:· Kevin Nueble, 20, of 411 East Market Street, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule VI substance (marijuana) and one count of possession of a Schedule VI substance and is being held on a $15,000 bond.· Rashad Rhodes, 19, of 216 White Pine Drive, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule II substance (cocaine) and is being held on a $2,000 bond.· Adrian Seay, 33, of 625 East Market Street, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule II substance within 1,000 feet of a daycare, and is being held on a $25,000 bond.· Carl Brewington, 66, of 457 Canoe Branch Road, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule III substance and was released on $3,000 bond.· Heather Shehane, 33, of 457 Canoe Branch Road, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule III substance and was released on $1,500 bond.· Christopher Cason, 37, of 406 Coles Ferry Road, Lebanon, was charged with one count of possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of a Schedule IV substance and unlawful drug paraphernalia and is being held on a $50,000 bond.· Lindsey Doak, 26, of 706 Laura Lane, Lebanon, was charged with one count of possession of a Schedule II substance (cocaine), and was released on a $7,500 bond.· John M. Draper, 64, of 430 West Main Street, Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule II substance (cocaine) and is being held on a $5,000 bond.· Teresa K. Nipper, 42, of 118 Tucker Trice Blvd., Lebanon, was charged with one count of selling a Schedule II substance and one count of selling a counterfeit controlled substance and was released on a $1,500 bond.· Maurice Burrus, 32, 608 East Market Street, Lebanon, was charged with one count selling a Schedule II substance (cocaine) and is being held on a $10,000 bond.· Roy Clark III, 31, of 220 Leeville Pike, Apt. 20, Lebanon, was charged with one count of possession of a Schedule II substance (cocaine) and was released on a $5,000 bond.· Robert Huddleston, 46, of 420 Highland Park, Lebanon, was charged with selling a Schedule II substance (cocaine) and was released on a $25,000 bond.

The investigation was conducted by the joint Violent Crimes Task Force by undercover officers with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the Task Force. They worked for three to four months assembling evidence and building a case against the individuals indicted.

“It’s gone real smoothly,” Ashe said, adding “the vast majority are gang-related.” He noted that investigators with the Task Force were not only dealing with one or two gangs, but rather several of them.

Ashe said they will continue to conduct interviews with those brought in to identify and locate the remaining suspects and hopefully gain valuable information in fighting local drug trafficking.

Regarding whether federal charges will be sought against some of those arrested, Ashe said, “I don’t know,” adding that some of them might while others might not. He noted that investigation into illegal drug activity is an ongoing operation. “I’m not going to give up.”

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen reiterated Ashe’s comments in that investigators are continuing their search for the other individuals who were indicted on various drug charges by the grand jury.

“We’re still looking for the remainder,” Bowen said, adding, “Some of these guys are career criminals. This is the only lifestyle they know.”

Bowen noted that in some arrests in the past, there have been shootings and robberies. Some are gang-related while others are not. He praised the investigators on the task force, noting the risks they take to build cases and arrest suspects.

While most individuals had charges related to dealing cocaine, Ashe expressed concern about the return of heroin being trafficked locally and in Middle Tennessee. He noted marijuana and methamphetamine have always been a problem, but dealing cocaine is becoming more common as well.

However, after many years of seeing heroin trafficking decrease locally and in the region, Ashe said that they are becoming more concerned about its resurgence. He said many law enforcement agencies are working together, like the LPD and WCSD have done in this roundup, because suspects can easily cross city and county lines.

“The resurgence of heroin is causing us in law enforcement a great deal of concern,” Ashe said.

The drug roundup was first reported Monday evening at www.wilsonpost.com.  Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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