The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that two women and one man – all in their sixties – have been arrested and face charges in what the sheriff’s office is calling the “largest fentanyl bust in the county’s history.”
Along with the Dunlap Police Department, the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office assisted the 12th Judicial Drug Task Force in completing a drug investigation centered on 650 Hall Road on Signal Mountain, the sheriff’s office announced in a Facebook post.
During a narcotics search warrant served at the residence on February 28th, three people were arrested, including Terry Gray, 67, Donna Kay Harvey, 63, and Gewndolyn Faye Nichols, 64.
The investigation led to the seizure of 716 suspected fentanyl pills, 5 grams of suspected meth, $1,845.00 in cash, 13 firearms, and 1 vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and can kill a grown adult in two milligrams, approximately the size of a mosquito. In recent years, fentanyl deaths in America have surged, especially among children under the age of fourteen.
In a statement, Sequatchie County Sheriff Bill Phillips applauded the efforts of the agencies that worked together throughout the investigation, stating,
I know I have made this point before, but I think it is worth mentioning again, just look at the results. In this case, our agency, as well as the Dunlap P.D., works with the Task Force on an investigation that was assisted by information stemming from a Dunlap P.D. investigation. To top it off, a couple of T.B.I. agents just happened to be in town on some other business and they suit up and assist in the warrant service.
The result of all of this is the largest known Fentanyl bust, to date, in our county, removing more than 700 of these potentially deadly pills, as well as some suspected meth, from our streets. I just can’t express how thankful I am for the relationship we have developed with our partners around us and how proud I am of the men and women of our agency who are working to make this happen.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Fentanyl” by Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office.