HENDERSON COUNTY–The arrest of one wanted Athens man Sept 5 led Henderson County Narcotics Investigators and Deputies to another massive methamphetamine stash, the fourth in recent weeks, and the arrest of a dealer.
Eddie Ray James, 53, of Athens, was caught with a quarter pound of the drugs. He tried, and failed, to escape on foot from the residence in the 2000 block of County Road 4911 east of Athens.
A subsequent search warrant signed by 392nd District Judge Scott McKee turned up scales, baggies and drug paraphernalia commonly used to sell the narcotics. James was also charged with possession of a loaded 12-gauge shot gun by a felon.
“Our team is bringing in big-league meth dealers and getting the drugs off the streets,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “This marks the fourth huge haul of drugs in the past few weeks.”
Hillhouse said the street value of 1.5 pounds of meth confiscated recently at more than $68,000.
In addition to James, Michael Woodie-Jerad Pettit, 53, also from Athens, was arrested for the outstanding warrants that led to the raid.
Last month, one of the largest confiscations of meth since Hillhouse brought his K-9 Deputies on board happened near Chandler when half-a-pound of the drugs were discovered during a routine traffic stop.
That meth is worth $22,700 on the streets, Hillhouse said.
In the second, huge methamphetamine case, Hillhouse’s narcotics squad arrested three dealers with a quarter of a pound of the drugs.
The street value of this meth is $11,350.
A third massive methamphetamine seizure this month by Sheriff Botie Hillhouse’s Narcotics Investigators also netted two drug dealers, a gun, heroin, cocaine, and crack.
“I want to commend our Narcotics Investigators and Deputies supporting them,” Hillhouse said. “The promised crackdown on illegal drugs in this county continues every day and our team, working together, is making it happen in a big way.”
Investigators Kenneth Slaton, Gabriel Shue and Wayne Nutt led Thursday’s operation which included Deputies Jarod Mills, Gina Holland, and Michael Massey.
They arrived at the Athens residence at 11:30 a.m.