LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WVLT) The Campbell County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for selling drugs, and ended up seizing tens of thousands of dollars in rare coins and antiques.
Sheriff Robbie Goins says Walter Adkins of Caryville was selling drugs out of his house. Goins sent undercover narcotics agents to investigate, which eventually led to Adkins' arrest.
Goins says Adkins was using the money he made from selling drugs, to buy and collect antiques. A lot of antiques.
"It's mostly coins. Gold and silver coins. A lot of old...paper money," Goins said.
The layout of coins, jewelry, antique guns, handguns, silver pieces and gold flakes was laid out across three tables as detectives counted and inventoried each piece.
Goins said Adkins told investigators he bought the items with money from drug sales.
"He gave a statement that some of this had been purchased with drug money, and some transactions were done with drugs and the money," Goins said.
As investigators were counting the evidence, the total value of the items continued to climb. An initial estimate of worth was around $10,000. Within an hour, that number jumped to $20,000 to $30,000.
"This guy says that he has been selling narcotics and collecting coins for two years. It just goes to show you that no matter how long you do it, especially in Campbell County, there's a time and a place where you'll get caught for it, because we're aggressive on narcotics and dealers," Goins said.