Methamphetamine trafficking arrests made in Cookeville

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According to a press release issued by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 9, 2021, Donny and Ashley Jones, of Monterey, were arrested by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the couple for allegedly trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 9, 2021, a search warrant was executed at the Jones residence, located in Monterey. Agents seized approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine, two firearms, and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The street value of a kilogram of methamphetamine is approximately $80,000.

Donny and Ashley Jones were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of methamphetamine over 300 grams. Both have a bond totaling $300,000.

The investigation was led by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, assisted by  Cookeville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said, “Before COVID, the price of methamphetamine was very low because the market was flooded with methamphetamine through all the popular routes such as Atlanta, Georgia. The price of all illicit drugs has started to go up due to more strict guidelines at the border and shipping routes because of COVID. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will continue to track down and investigate those in this community destroying lives and the safety of this community with drugs.”

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