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Lebanon police name 17 more subjects
Mar 28, 2006 12:00 am
March 21, 2006 – Lebanon Police released the names of 17 more suspected offenders arrested on state level charges in a massive drug ring "take down" that began Friday.
The new list of alleged dealers represents "really hard work" by Lebanon officers, though Public Safety Commissioner Billy Weeks said most of those charged at the state level will likely be on the street again.
"These will be like most state level indictments that we do," Weeks said. "There will likely be plea bargains made. Most of these folks are probably back on the street already."
U.S. Attorney Jim Vines, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Lebanon Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff's Department unveiled the results of a massive drug roundup Friday, releasing a list of 24 people federally indicted in the suspected drug ring, many of them Lebanon residents.
In addition, Wilson County and federal authorities said another 42 individuals were being rounded up on state drug charges, most of whom were also Wilson County residents.
Vines identified the ring as the "Aguirre Organization," a reference to the two brothers and Mexican nationals who allegedly led the cocaine trafficking operation, Saul and Vicente Aguirre.
Vines and others said the importance of the operation was in breaking up the network itself, which was rooted in Lebanon, and in the "meaningful results" the take down of the Aguirre Organization would show in impacting the availability of drugs in Middle Tennessee.
"We know the fight of the drug war is probably a never-ending fight," Vines said. " … A take down of this size will affect the prices of drugs, it will affect the distribution channels in such a solid way that it makes these types of investigations and arrests worthwhile. This will take a large quantity of drugs off the streets and keep them away from our young people."
Weeks added Monday the federal case against the primarily Wilson County residents would result in more potential jail time if convictions are secured than the state level indictments.
"Not to minimize anything our officers did, but the biggest thing this operation did was to get those federal indictments," Weeks said. "Those will put people in jail for a long, long time."
Those indicted by the LPD on state level charges include:
· Jessica Cole, 24, No. 38 Head Homes – 1 count sale of Schedule II, 1 count sale of counterfeit drug
· Lerance Wilkerson, 38, 30130 Sunnyview Court, Nashville – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Dustin Wade, 20, 727 Kent Drive – 3 counts sale of Schedule II
· Clarence Tomlinson, 39, 713 Forrest Park, Lebanon – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
· Christine Price, 34, 128 Woods Ferry, Lebanon – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
· Jason Napper, 26, Browns Trailer Park, Lebanon – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
· Timothy McClennon, 38, 1502 Inman Court, Lebanon – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
· Nathaniel McCarver, 25, 145 Dedman St., Lebanon – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Dorris Martin, 45, 309 Cainsville Road, Lebanon – 1 count sale of Schedule VI, 1 count criminal responsibility
· Jeff Mabery, 23, 4212 Bluebird Road, Lebanon – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
· Horace Luster, 45, Hobbs Ave., Lebanon – 3 counts sale of Schedule II
· Jeremy Hawkins, 36, 3475 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Phillip Andrew Harpe, 47, 197 Ingram Road, Chestnut Mound – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Kevin Eldridge, Smithville – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Clifton Daniels, 25, 123 Oldham Drive, Murfreesboro – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Irvin Chapin, 50, 418 South Maple – 1 count sale of Schedule II
· Edward Adams, 29, 209 Jennings Ave. – 2 counts sale of Schedule II
As of press time Monday the U.S. Attorney's office could not confirm the identities with dates of birth or home addresses for those indicted in federal court.
Staff Writer Jason Cox contributed to this story.
Managing Editor Clint Brewer can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 13 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.