Multiple arrests after joint venture


Staff Report



Three people were charged in a multi-agency effort on Wednesday by federal authorities. Their names are being withheld at this time.

According to a press release from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, a joint investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service, has led to the arrest of three Bell County individuals.

The release states that at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the department arrested three individuals. The joint investigation resulting in the arrests was a yearlong effort among the various departments. The investigation was lead by narcotics detective Doug Jordan.

The release goes on to say that due to the investigation being ongoing and in order to protect the sensitivity of the case, the three names are not being currently released as more arrests are pending in the case.

During this incident, two other individuals were arrested on scene by Bell County Deputy Jared Smith.

Calvin Sampson, 29, of Middlesboro, was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

Randy Thacker, 39, of Middlesboro, was also arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Thacker was additionally charged with possession of an unspecified drug.

According to the press release, the charges brought against these two individuals are separate from the initial investigation.

Staff Report

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