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Raid turns up narcotics
Jul 04, 2006 12:00 am
June 24, 2006 Lebanon police raided a suspected drug dealer's home on Sycamore Street late Friday afternoon, uncovering an undisclosed quantity of narcotics and cash.
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen explained his detectives obtained a search warrant for Jonnie Ogletree's home at 228 Sycamore Street based on suspected drug-related activity.
"We received numerous complaints about narcotics dealings at this residence," the police chief said. "Over the last four to six weeks, there has been a high level of traffic in and out."
And the complaints seemed to be on target as officers seized an undisclosed amount of marijuana, cash and other drug paraphernalia Friday afternoon.
"A significant amount of property is being seized," Bowen said noting a massive amount of equipment ranging from televisions to stereos was inside the home. "We believe she bought it with proceeds of her narcotics dealing. She said she doesn't have a job and yet her home is filled with electronics."
Electronic equipment, however, was not just inside Ogletree's home.
The police chief said the Lebanon woman had "surveillance cameras in the front and back to see who was coming and going."
"We have seen recently an influx of people using surveillance equipment to see if the police are arriving and who is coming up (to the house)," he said late Friday. "Cameras were in the front and back of the house."
He pointed out the cameras were a "security nightmare" for police executing the search warrant.
Bowen was quick to note the raid on Ogletree's home was not a first. Her previous residence of 22 Head Homes was raided in March 2004, and police uncovered crack cocaine and handguns during that search.
Charges resulting from the raid were pending late Friday night. But Ogletree was booked into the Wilson County Jail.
Finding illegal drugs, however, wasn't the only discovery police made Friday.
Police discovered William Ogletree, a registered sex offender, was living with the suspect, who is his mother. And his registered address on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Sexual Offender Registry Web site is listed as 916 Rachels Place in Hermitage.
"He admitted he is a registered sex offender and was staying there a significant amount of time with his mother," Bowen said.
Bowen said if a sexual offender is living at a residence more than a few nights a week, he must register the address as a secondary location. But a second address is not on the TBI's Web site.