JANUARY 7, 2019

DEPUTIES AND NARCOTICS AGENTS ARREST MARYVILLE MAN ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said deputies and narcotics agents arrested a Maryville man Saturday evening after finding black tar heroin and crystal methamphetamine in his hotel room.

Raymond Eugene Gallagher, 45, of Alnwick Drive, Maryville, is in custody at the Blount County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (heroin) with intent to sell in a drug free zone and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to sell in a drug free zone. He is being held on bonds totaling $80,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. January 9, 2019.

Blount County Sheriff’s deputies initiated an investigation Saturday afternoon into possible drug activity at a hotel room on U.S. Highway 411 South in Maryville. After making contact with Gallagher, deputies and narcotics agents located 16 grams (almost .6 ounces) of black tar heroin and 18 grams (more than .6 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine in Gallagher’s motel room.

Gallagher was conducting drug activity within 1,000 feet of a child care facility. Because of that, if convicted, he must serve at least the minimum mandatory sentence for his drug offense.

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