Tips from residents lead to marijuana arrests
Posted By Sparta Live | February 25, 2010 12:00 am
Two Sparta men were arrested, on Feb. 22, after numerous complaints from residents about drugs being sold to school children led to officers observing a drug deal as it occurred and a subsequent car and foot chase with one of the suspects.
According to Deputy Craig Capps with White County Sheriff Department, Jonathan L. Brandenburg, 37, and Waymon Andrew Allen, 28, face several charges after a recent investigation of a suspected drug selling operation at a residence on Linda Avenue.
Capps stated he and Deputy Dale Bumbalough set up surveillance of the residence and soon witnessed what they believed to be a drug deal.
As the vehicle left the residence, Capps followed the vehicle and noticed a brake light out. When he attempted to initiate a traffic stop on McMinnville Highway, the driver reportedly failed to stop the vehicle.
Capps pursued the vehicle as it turned onto Pine Thickett Road and continued toward Sullivan Knowles Road.
He stated the vehicle failed to stop at Sullivan Knowles Road, continuing across to Center Drive and turning onto Middle Drive.
Capps said the suspect stopped at a residence on Middle Drive, exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the home.
Capps reportedly chased the suspect into the home and a struggle ensued.
The suspect, Brandenburg, was taken into custody and officers reportedly found a baggie under Brandenburg when he was lifted from the floor, containing what was believed to be marijuana.
Brandenburg reportedly told officers where he purchased the marijuana.
Based on that information, Capps, Bumbalough and Deputy Joey Williams returned to the Linda Avenue residence to secure the scene and wait for a search warrant.
While waiting for the warrant, one of the residents, Allen, reportedly gave officers permission to search the residence and admitted to officers he had sold the marijuana to Brandenburg.
The officers recovered more than one pound of marijuana in the residence, along with a small amount of cash, two sets of digital scales and other items consistent with drug selling operations.
Allen was charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivery/selling and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
Brandenburg was charged with evading arrest, resisting stop/frisk/halt/arrest/search and simple possession.
Both men are scheduled for their first court appearance for these charges on Feb 26.