Four arrested in multi-county bust

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Johnson, Sullivan, Thurmond, McNeese

By MIKE WEST, Courier Editor

Cannon County investigators arrested four suspects as part of a multi-county drug investigation.

Charged were Charm D. Sullivan, Charles D. Johnson, Michael Ray Thurmond and Corey S. McNeese.

Sullivan and Johnson both face four counts of manufacturing, sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine).

Sullivan was also charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband in a penal institution and manufacturing, possessing and delivery of a Schedule II drug (Oxycodone).

Additional charges were also filed against Johnson including possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thurmond was charged with one count of manufacturing, sale and delivery of meth.

McNeese faces two counts of manufacturing, sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug (meth) and one count of maintaining a dwelling.

A hearing on all the charges is set for April 7 in Cannon County General Sessions Court.

The investigation began with a search by Investigators Brandon Gullett and Chris Brown for Charles Johnson, who was wanted by Cannon County for a probation violation.

Gullett and Brown discovered that Johnson was staying at the Ambassador Inn in Manchester. The investigators contacted the Manchester Police in an attempt to capture Johnson. Manchester Police were unsuccessful in finding him.

Eventually, Gullett was informed that Johnson was visiting a residence in Cannon County on Iconium Road. The officers set-up on the home and waited for Johnson to leave. Soon a silver Pontiac GS left the residence.

"I then administered by lights to stop the vehicle as it was turning off Iconium Road onto Solomon Lane. Once the vehicle stopped, I approached the driver side making contact with a female known as Charm D. Sullivan behind the wheel, a white male sitting in the passenger known as Charles D. Johnson and a white male sitting in the back seat known as Corey S. McNeese," reported Investigator Gullett.

Investigator Brown then took Johnson into custody on the warrant. A small baggie of what was later identified as meth was confiscated off his person.
Meanwhile, the investigation continued with several informants reporting that Johnson, Sullivan and McNeese were allegedly dealing meth.
On Feb. 27, a meth purchase was made by an informant with the transaction videotaped by the Tennessee National Guard Counter Drug Unit.

Videotaped were McNeese, Johnson and a blonde woman identified as Charm Sullivan.

A similar purchase was made on Feb. 28 at a home on Iconium Road.

On March 6, a larger purchase of 2-grams of meth was arranged on Highway 53. This sale involved Michael Ray Thurmond along with Sullivan and Johnson.

Another drug purchase was arranged on March 8 after which a task force led by Sheriff Darrell Young and Gullett stopped a maroon Saturn, which showed a positive alert when checked by a K-9. A number of drug related items were discovered inside along with "a substantial amount of methamphetamine."

Once at the Cannon County Jail, a search was conducted on the person of Charm Sullivan. "Charm had several baggies of crystal substance, a camo canister with crystal substance, U.S. currency (totaling $918) and a set of digital scales down her pants once she was brought into the jail," Gullett reported.

Investigator Brown then contacted Coffee County Investigator Danny Ferrell about the room at Ambassador Inn. Brown and Gullett then drove to the Coffee County Jail where a search warrant was obtained and the hotel room searched with Coffee County Investigator Doug Richardson.

Assorted glass pipes, assorted baggies, a stolen Toshiba laptop, a red light, two plates with crushed powder on them, a blue container containing powder, a book with a false compartment, ledger and a backpack were discovered.

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