Crimetracker: Heroin bust made in Hamblen, Jefferson counties

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) - UPDATE:
An investigation that started in April led deputies to this house on Lennie Avenue in Morristown.

Inside, almost 600 doses of heroin and this man Lawrence Gilbert Wells Jr.

Sheriff Esco Jarnigan says Wells was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had been bringing drugs to Hamblen County to sell.

"This is one of the biggest busts that we've had with heroin and it's early. We hope we've got the initial contact into the community."

Deputies say Wells lived in Jefferson County at a home on Joshua Avenue. After his arrest, deputies found more drugs inside and four women who were also arrested.

"The problem with heroin is the lethal effect it has on people."

Sheriff Jarnigan says heroin is an old drug making a comeback .

"This is something new for us because it's a 1970's drug and now it's resurfaced. "

Jarnigan says Wells is being held in the Greeneville Federal Prison. The identifies of the other women involved have not been released.



Law enforcement in Hamblen County announced Wednseday it conducting what it calls a large scale heroin bust in Jefferson and Hamblen counties.

The sheriff's department says Lawrence Gilbert Wells Jr., sold over 300 bags of heroin to undercover officers since April.

Officials say the drugs had a street value of more than $20,000.

They arrested him while executing two warrants Wednesday morning, one in Hamblen County and one at Wells' home in Jefferson County.

Wells was arrested at the home at 764 Lennie Ave. in Morristown after a short chase.

Officers also seized 280 bags of heroin with a street value of over $8,400 and two vehicles.

A woman was also arrested on a warrant for violating her probation.

An undisclosed amount of cash was seized at the Jefferson County home. Three women were arrested at that home. Their names have not been released.

Wells is expected to be charged in Federal Court. Six other suspects linked to Wells were arrested in April. All plead guilty in Federal Court.


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