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Police Arrest Drug Dealer Targeting Teens

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by Marcus Washington

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - After a yearlong investigation that uncovered eight pounds of marijuana, Manchester Police arrested C. L. Brown, Jr., the person they said was the mastermind behind a drug selling ring targeting teens.

"He was the one obtaining the marijuana, possibly through mail, and then he had the juvenile basically sell it for him locally," said Manchester Police investigator, Jonathon Anthony.

The investigation revealed Coffee County Central High School were the intended customers while Anthony investigated another drug case involving a teen at the high school.

Thursday night when police busted Brown at his home, they found five of the eight pounds of marijuana located in a deep freezer in the home's garage.

Mary Jo Foster said she's a friend of the family and her son plays football at Coffee County Central High, with the teen who was arrested.

"He was a straight laced kid who mowed yards for a living; he mowed my yard to make money, very hard working people. That's why I am so shocked," said Foster.

While outside Brown's home, a woman who said she is Brown's oldest daughter, asked the NewsChannel 5 crew to leave saying, "I have no comments. You guys have to go. My little brothers and little sisters are in there. You all have to go, I'm sorry."

Police said because kids live in the home where the drugs were found and the target customers were teens, they are happy to put Brown in jail.

"Feels pretty good, but we still got a lot of work and I feel like this may just be the beginning," said Anthony.

Brown faces four felony counts of manufacturing a drug substance, three class B misdemeanors of contributing to a minor and three felony counts of distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Police said none of the drug transactions were made at the high school and more teens could be charged in this drug ring bust.

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