Backpage.com ads lead to Grainger County drug bust

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Grainger County's Chief Deputy says they busted a prostitution and drug operation at a home on Highway 92 in Rutledge based on ads on the website backpage.com.

When deputies showed up at the house, they found a pound of marijuana and about 7 grams of cocaine along with more than $1,000.

Deputies say they have charged Rhonda Robinson with organizing a prostitution operation; Myala Black was charged with prostitution. Carl Stellers and Stephen Luttrell face patronizing prostitution charges.

"Toward the end of the search, a vehicle pulled into the driveway. Officers made contact with that vehicle and began an investigation into why he was coming to the residence. subsequently we found about a pound of marijuana inside that vehicle as well.," said Chief Deputy James Harville.

The man driving the car, Jose Martinez, now faces drug charges.

Deputies say they also found a stolen gun and a stolen motorcycle at the home and say Rhonda Robinson, the alleged organizer of the prostitution operation, also faces drug and theft charges.

Deputies say a 13-year-old boy was also inside the home at the time. They say they're still investigating to see if he was involved.


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