Meth investigation leads to multiple arrests in Upper Cumberland

Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 14:13:40-05

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An undercover investigation on the distribution of methamphetamine in the Upper Cumberland area has resulted in the indictment of 15 people, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.

In March 2019, detectives with the Cookeville Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff's Office, along with drug agents with the TBI learned of a meth distribution organization in the Upper Cumberland area. An investigation was launched with multiple agencies.

From March through November 2019, officers conducted multiple undercover purchases and executed search warrants. This resulted in the seizure of about eight kilograms of meth, several weapons, vehicles and a large amount of U.S. money.

The Putnam County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 15 people Monday. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute over 300 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers began arresting those who have been charged Tuesday. At the time of writing, seven have been booked. They are Aaron Antes of Monterey, William Bowman of Cookeville, Dustin Moody of Gainesboro, Macara Page of Celina, Jessica Burns of Crossville, Bryan Peek of Cookeville, Shandon Roberts of Cookeville and Jeremy Joe Bilbrey of Baxter.