12 men indicted, 615 lbs seized in massive East Tennessee marijuana operation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twelve men were indicted by a grand jury amid an investigation into a drug distribution ring throughout in Upper East Tennessee.

Authorities said over 615 pounds of marijuana, along with numerous firearms, was seized.

The drug trafficking investigation began in October 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Agents reportedly found multiple people were involved in the conspiracy and operation.

“This operation exemplifies TBI’s commitment to target all dealers in Tennessee,” says Drug Investigation Division Assistant Director T.J. Jordan. “It doesn’t matter what type of illegal drugs you’re pedaling, or if you are a big or small fish in the drug trafficking industry, TBI Special Agents are looking for you.”

The 12 men, whose names and charges are listed below, were indicted by a grand jury on Nov. 15. At the time of this release, authorities had arrested eleven of the individuals, including:

  • Kelvin Wood (DOB 3-13-62, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Manufacture of Marijuana over 20 Plants, 2 counts of Possession of Stolen Property.
Kelvin Wood (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Anthony Hill (DOB 9-29-63, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Manufacture of Marijuana over 20 Plants.
Anthony Hill (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Michael Hensley (DOB 5-7-82, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $50,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce
Michael Hensley (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Harley Lee Tharp (DOB 3-1-57, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce
Harley Tharp (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Saul Sanchez Martinez (DOB 9-8-79, Knoxville, TN. Bond: $75,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce
Saul Martinez (Courtesy: TBI)
  • James E. Smith (DOB 11-26-54, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $50,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana
James Smith (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Tony Beeler (DOB 9-3-66, Corryton, TN. Bond: $10,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana
Tony Beeler (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Julio Carmona Godinez (DOB 2-20-79, Powder Springs, TN. Bond: $250,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 pounds, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over 70 Pounds
Julio Godinez (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Abraham Andrade Cruz (DOB 6-20-91, Powder Springs, TN. Bond: $250,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 pounds, 1 count of the Delivery of Marijuana over 70 Pounds
Abraham Cruz (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Conley Tharp (DOB 2-25-55, Luttrell, TN. Bond: $25,000): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds
Conley Tharp (Courtesy: TBI)
  • Gregory Corum (DOB 10-23-58, Luttrell, TN): 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over 300 Pounds, 16 counts of the Sale of Marijuana over ½ ounce, 16 counts of the delivery of Marijuana over ½ ounce
Gregory Corum (Courtesy: TBI)