Travis R. Gourley. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Travis R. Gourley. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Rony Joel Zuniga Amador. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Rony Joel Zuniga Amador. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Jhonatnan Beniteze. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Jhonatnan Beniteze. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Zulima Martinez. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Zulima Martinez. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Keisha Keen. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Keisha Keen. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Delmi Nunez. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Delmi Nunez. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

John Sierra. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

John Sierra. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Elvin Zuniga (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

Elvin Zuniga (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY- Eight people are in custody following a July 18 drug bust at three different residences in Sevier County.

The operation was led by the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force, with the assistance of local and state agencies, including the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department which assisted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“This is a continued effort of all agencies to rid drug trafficking in Sevier County,” said Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals.

During the warranted searches large amounts of cocaine, pills, marijuana, and cash were seized by authorities.

The search of apartment number nine at 1210 Pin Oak Dr. in Sevierville resulted in the arrest of Elvin Zuniga and Delmi Nunez. Three agents found cocaine packaging material along with $1,148 in cash, which was seized along with a vehicle.

An additional search at 221 Grey Slate Circle in Sevierville led to the discovery of 10.5 grams of cocaine and the arrest of John Sierra and Jhonatnan Beniteze. A vehicle as well as $2,176 in cash was seized at this location.

At 309 Valley Dr. in Pigeon Forge, law enforcement officers found more than eight ounces of cocaine, carious pharmaceutical pills, and a small amount of marijuana. Arrested at the scene were Rony Joel Zuniga Amador, Zulima Martinez, and Keisha Keen. Agents seized $2,270 in cash along with two vehicles in this bust.

As part of this bust, Travis R. Gourley of 3075 Walden Ridge Rd. was arrested by Pigeon Forge Police Department officers while arrested as he had attempted to supply suspected Xanan and marijuana to another defendant while agents were present at the Valley Dr. location.

According to District Attorney General James B. Dunn all three locations were connected to an alleged drug distribution network operation in the Sevier County area. The lengthy investigation into the group was initiated by the Sevierville Police Department and, as stated by Dunn, will likely result in additional arrests.

“The good results of this investigation are due to several law enforcement agencies working together to prosecute those who sell and deliver drugs in our community,” Dunn said.

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