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County: 6 people arrested on drug charges; firearms recovered

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A tip about the possible location of stolen property Tuesday resulted in the recovery of two saws taken from a burglary last week, the arrest of six people on drug charges, and recovery of a number of firearms.

Lewis Tatum, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, went to a County Road 4763 property, where he’d been told property stolen during a State Highway 11 east burglary last week could be found. He located the two saws and made contact with the homeowner.

Tatum requested SCU Sgt. Tony Crouse and Sgt. Mark Estes to respond after learning there were at least two additional people at the residence. They arrived and talked to the resident. Estes asked and was given the homeowner’s consent to search the house.

When asked if there were any illegal narcotics in the home, the resident produced a container from a bedroom that contained 4.1 grams of methamphetamine. The investigators then searched the house, finding eight individuals inside. All eight were detained for further investigation. The officers continued their search, finding 4.6 ounces of marijuana under the same bed from which the resident had retrieved the meth. Several rifles, a pistol and sawed-off shotgun were found in the house too; they were seized.

On-duty patrol deputies were contacted around lunch-time to transport the eight to the sheriff’s office for further investigation. The resident who produced the meth and the five other people found in the room — William Tyler Bilharz, 21; Jeremy James Burkett, 38; Christina Ann Chambliss, 37; Amber Jeanette Sanderson, 23; Amanda Kay Swann, 33; Morris Lee Toney, 50 — were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. The two other people detained were released without charges being filed against them.

Burkett, Swann and Chambliss were charged with felon in possession of a firearm, due to the guns found at the location.

Burkett also was wanted for bail jumping/failure to appear on driving while license invalid and driving while intoxicated charges.




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