Multiple arrests following investigation into drugs, gaming, and stolen property

At least 40 people, including a former University of Tennessee police officer, were arrested following a multi-agency investigation into drug-related corruption in Union County.

Major FBI bust in Union Co nets 19 plus UTPD cop for drugs, gambling, & stolen prop

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Law enforcement officers have been working throughout the night to arrest more suspects after a Union County drug related corruption case.

At least 40 people have been brought in for drug trafficking, illegal gambling and stealing property, including two former public officials.

WVLT was there for the bust and talked to those in Maynardville who are glad to finally see some arrests made.

Cars usually fill this parking lot, but Tuesday more than 30 criminals were handcuffed, booked and charged with drug related crimes.
Hunter Mayfield says, "It's pretty surprising."

Maynardville resident Michael Dyke says, "It's about time. I'm glad to see it happen."

Former University of Tennessee Police Officer, 40-year-old Dylan Boyd Devault was arrested.

And so was former Union County constable 52-year-old John "Moon" Hubbs.

Other suspects were brought inside yellow crime tape to face charges.
Maynardville worker Archie Wilson says, "I feel like it makes the county a safer place."

But these officers didn't release any specific charges, but neighbors are just glad they're off the street.
Dyke says, "I've got two boys coming up. I don't want them growing up and thinking that's a way of life."

A way of life police say these suspects know too well, and one the community isn't a stranger to either.
Wilson says, "I think it's a state problem and a national problem."

Dyke says, "I don't think it's just in East Tennessee. It's all over the country."

But many in Maynardville hope this crackdown doesn't stop here.
Wilson says, "I hope the judicial system does its job as well our law enforcment officers doing their job."

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Authorities say 15 more people have been arrested on drug-related and other charges after state indictments were returned in Union County, Tenn. That followed the arrest of nearly 20 people earlier in the day.

The FBI said in a news release Tuesday that they are charged with drug trafficking, illegal gaming and dealing in stolen property.

Agents said among those arrested was 40-year-old Dylan Boyd Devault of Luttrell, a former University of Tennessee police officer and another man who was a constable with the Union County Sheriff's Office.

The FBI said the arrests culminated a long-term, multi-agency undercover investigation.

The fifteen rounded up in phase two of the operation include:

  • Douglas Roy Acuff, age 40, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Jeffery Brown, age 42, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Joshua David Chesney, age 26, Maynardville, Tennessee

  • David Eugene Cooper, age 40, New Tazewell, Tennessee

  • Jerry Lynn Cooper, age 35, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Brenda Corum, age 31, of Luttrell, Tennessee

  • Robert A.Fraker, age 40, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Misty Hatfield, age 32, of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee

  • Jeremy Hubbs, age 20, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Angela Cheryl Jordon, age 39, of Tazewell, Tennessee

  • Joseph Adam Leonard, age 27, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Judy Hubbs Najar, age 59, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Stephen Michael Shelton, age 27, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Charles Eddie Stephens, age 35, of Tazewell, Tennessee

  • Brian Curtis Wynn, age 29, of Maynardville, Tennessee

Earlier Tuesday, 19 were arrested without incident. Most were from Maynardville, Tenn.

  • Jay Michael Collins, age 52, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Willa Dean Collins, age 55, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Tonya Elaine Cox, age 36, Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Dylan Boyd Devault, age 40, of Luttrell, Tennessee (University of Tennessee Police Officer and Union County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy)

  • Loria L. Devault, age 34, of Luttrell, Tennessee

  • John "Moon" Hubbs, age 52, of Maynardville, Tennessee (former Union County Constable)

  • Theodore Jerome, age 55, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Michael Shane Jones, age 22, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Arlin Logan Norton, also known as Logan Norton, age 20, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Sherry Kaye Norton, age 53, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Daniel Wayne Overholt Jr, age 32, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Lisa Campbell Pratt, age 46, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Charles Joseph Seymour, age 38, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Timothy Allen Summers, age 43, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Floyd Earl Thomas, also known as "White Boy," age 48, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Allen P. Wilkerson, age 46, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Mark Aaron Williams, age 22, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Stanley Scott Wynn, age 35, of Maynardville, Tennessee

  • Christopher Wyrick, age 23, Luttrell, Tennessee

Anyone with information related to this matter is encouraged to call the FBI's toll free tip hotline at 888-678-6720.

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  • by bob Location: not near you on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    You have no chance of seeing your little town stay "pure". Get over it. You think you are the only ones? I would use words with more than one syllable, but I don't you'd get it.
  • by LORI on May 26, 2011 at 01:36 PM
  • by crystal Location: union on May 25, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    i am very glad to finally see this county doing something to stop all this drug abuse in our youth today and it being open to the public alout goes on here that is never put on the news or talked about but i say great job to unsp fbi and tbi and irs keep it up {: god bless america
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      by charlie on May 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM in reply to crystal
      youre right drugs have over our kids life i just pray they get the rest of them
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      by Jeff on May 26, 2011 at 09:03 AM in reply to crystal
      I doubt very seriously if the COUNTY was "doing something about it" UNICO is probably one of the most corrupt places in the United States of America. The news said that UNICO police "cooperated" with the FBI and TBI. However as a former resident and someone who spent a lot of time studying the command structure of UNICO, I would say it was ONLY because they had to, or risk the true level of corruption being exposed. I moved there believing it was a "down home good place" I will be the first to say that the drugs, corruption, and failure to care or take care of residents concerns was the number one reason I left that backwards town. This "effort" is nothing to be proud of ...
  • by LORI Location: CUMMINGS on May 24, 2011 at 01:36 PM
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      by crystal on May 25, 2011 at 09:13 AM in reply to LORI
      yes all our kides are dyeing over drugs alout of different peaple agree with you lori
  • by Richard Location: Claiborne on May 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    First indications would be they kept it in Union Co. for they all live there!!!


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