JUNE 14, 2019

DEPUTIES ARREST ATHENS COUPLE ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a man and woman from Athens are in custody on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop Thursday evening.

Carlos Demond Gillispie, 43, of Athens, and Alisha Faye Greene, 33 of Athens, are both being held in the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $145,000 bond each pending hearings in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. June 19. Gillespie and Greene are each charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) in a drug free zone, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) in a drug free zone, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Gilliespie is also wanted on warrants out of McMinn County.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, a Sheriff’s deputy spotted a dark grey Chevrolet Tahoe traveling in the wrong lane of travel on East Lamar Alexander Parkway near Gateway Road. The deputy also recognized the vehicle as one that was BOLO’d (be on the lookout) earlier because the license plate was partially covered by a paper plate, and it had also narrowly missed hitting other vehicles. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at Gateway Road. During the course of the investigation, deputies, a K-9 deputy, and investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force seized 12 grams of methamphetamine, 64 grams of marijuana, two handguns, and more than $2,000 cash.

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers with Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Alcoa Police Department, and Maryville Police Department.