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Investigator And Drug Agent Witnessed Drug Buy

Local investigators sitting in a local mill’s parking lot allegedly witnessed a drug transaction last week, according to Trion Police Chief  David Gilleland.

“On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Investigator Dexter Blackmon and [Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force] Deputy Commander Caine Railey were in the area of the parking lot at Mt. Vernon Mills. Both Investigator Blackmon and Deputy Commander Railey observed a drug transaction between the two suspects,” according to Chief  Gilleland. “The first suspect (Kenneth Wooten) left the scene in a pickup truck and was stopped by Inv. Blackmon. DC Railey got out with the other suspect (David Reese). Upon further investigation, Inv. Blackmon located an amount of methamphetamine in the vehicle that had left the scene.  Railey located four firearms in the truck that belonged to Reese. Both subjects were placed under arrest.”

Those arrested were:

  • Reese, 61, of North Elizabeth Street, in Summerville, was arrested for selling methamphetamine, four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, crossing a guard line with drugs and obstruction of an officer.
  • Wooten, 58, of  Blowing Springs Road, in Menlo, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, selling marijuana and possession of meth.



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