TOP PHOTO: Agents with the La Follette Narcotics Unit and Special Response Team were in action at a home at 306 South 12th Street at lunch time on Monday.

Officers with LPD made five arrests from the seven people who were in the home at the time of the raid.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – On Monday, in the noon hour, neighbors pulled up chairs on their lawn to watch agents with the La Follette Narcotics Unit and Special Response Team in action at a home at 306 South 12th Street. One neighbor was heard saying, “Great job. Thank you.” The home is within a stone’s throw of a church and a school on the east side of town.

LPD Captain Steve Wallen notes that citizen complaints led to the investigation and arrests. “After learning of the complaints, we conducted a couple of months of undercover work where several purchases of meth and heroin were made. That allowed us to obtain and execute the narcotics search warrant today,” said Wallen.

Suspects include the man and woman who are renting the home, Cody Wilson and Kaitlyn Coligan, along with Roy Ellison, Raven Roberts, Samantha Miller, Jordan Saunders and Harnell Wilcox. Wilcox was arrested on scene after he jumped out of a bedroom window and ran not realizing that officers had the house surrounded.

Seven people were detained with five of them being arrested and transported to the Campbell County Jail.

Wilson, 27, and the 25-year old Coligan along with Saunders, age 34, were each charged with possession of schedule I and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Roberts, 24, faces the same charges. All four are from Campbell County while Wilcox, 36, is of Detroit, Michigan, and is charged with possession of schedule I, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

Captain Wallen thanks the citizens for the calls and reminds you that the LPD Drug Hotline remains open at 423.563.0727. “If you suspect illegal drug activity, please call. You don’t have to give your name,” added Wallen. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/14/2021-6AM)

One Reply to “LPD makes five arrests in Monday’s lunch hour drug raid”

  1. Great job getting these dangerous drugs off the streets. I will also point out that Knoxville is having a large amount of drug busts and when they report the people many times they have been from Detroit. Detroit also has a massive immigrant population and growing even more lately. They could care less how many of our citizens become junkies as long as they are getting paid. Judges should show them no mercy.

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