By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Beginning early Friday morning, officers of the Lebanon Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, rounded up 19 suspects charged with the sale of narcotics after 43 indictments were handed down from a Wilson County grand jury earlier this week on 29 individuals.
Around 6 a.m.officers began making arrests across Wilson County with most suspects living within the Lebanon city limits. The charges range from selling marijuana, prescription pills and cocaine.
Some are selling prescription pills, some are selling marijuana, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.
Bowen noted the round up is a result of a 15-month investigation by LPD Narcotics Detectives.The suspects were arrested thanks to the work of undercover narcotics detectives. In the first two hours, 10 of the 29 suspects were taken into custody.A Lebanon Police Officer brings a suspect into custody during the drug round up Friday morning.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Department, the State Office of Inspector General and the State Board of Probation and Parole assisted the LPD in the round up. Bowen said some of the individuals charged with selling prescription pills are being interviewed by the Office of Inspector General.
Some of these individuals we believe are selling their own prescriptions and they could be on TennCare. If thats the case they will face other charges from the Inspector Generals office, Bowen said.
While the charges varied, Bowen said the large rate of prescription pills being sold illegally is alarming. He pointed out that laws passed in Florida have done a good job of pushing pill-mills out of the state into Georgia and possibly into Tennessee.
He said that many of the prescriptions are not that difficult to obtain and said individuals can sell the pills for as much as $50 per pill on the street. Bowen said the money quickly adds up for individuals that are illegally selling prescription medication.
Thats the greatest threat to our community right now, Bowen said, referring to the sale of prescription pills. Its something we have to stay on top of.
There were also many suspects brought in for allegedly selling marijuana, including one individual, William Andrew Zaharias, 21, of 522 Five Oaks Blvd., Lebanon. According to detectives, Zaharias was arrested in the round up this morning and officers reportedly found a large amount of evidence at his residence.Evidence allegedly obtained from 522 Five Oaks Blvd. including over a pound of marijuana.
After his arrest, detectives displayed a pound-and-a-half of hydroponic marijuana, around $2,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and a glass bong. Zarharias is charged with one count of sale of a Schedule VI narcotic.
He said many suspects were arrested and found to be in possession of other narcotics, which could result in further charges being filed against them.
There are a lot of these individuals that will face additional charges, Bowen said.
By 9 a.m., the LPD and other law enforcement agencies had arrested 15 of the 29 suspects indicted. As of 12:30 p.m., authorities had arrested 19 of the 29 suspects indicted.
Below are their names, age, address and charges. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty:
Felicia Tucker, 29, 1242 Mimosa Court, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Andy Zaharias, 20, 522 Five Oaks Blvd, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule VI
Lisa Snyder, 44, Incarcerated, Sale of Schedule II
Rodney Rodgers, 34, 809 Rome Pike, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Brenda Powell, 52, 24 Head Homes, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Kenneth Walton, 23, 263 Hunters Lane, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II x 2
Dewayne Crosby, 44, Incarcerated, charged: Sale of Schedule II
Charles Morrison, 23, 420 C South Maple Ave, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule VI x 2
Tiffany Rodgers, 35, 305 N. College Ave., Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Santana Ahmas, 22, 305 Martha Leeville Pike, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II x 2
Joshua Gammons, 27, 113 Woodland St., Watertown, Sale of Schedule VI x 2
Ashley Agee, 24, 113 Woodland St., Watertown, Sale of Schedule II
Dustin Cummings, 21, 104 Hayes St., Watertown, Sale of Schedule VI x 2
Shelly Penny, 44, 2028 Double Log Cabin Rd, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Giles Timbs, 22, Cainsville Court Apartments, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule III
Ryan Moore, 21, 278 Atkinson Rd., Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II x 2
Marquesheo Gilliam, 24, 1696 A Classic View, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule II
Gregory Goshern, 31, 418 A Sam Houston Dr, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule VI
Joseph Mallicoat, 405 Bethlehem Road, Lebanon, Sale of Schedule VI x 2
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.