**This release was updated on 4/21 with information about an additional arrest.

KNOXVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Knoxville Police Department and Knox County District Attorney General’s office, has resulted in the indictment of eight individuals, including a Knoxville police officer, on a variety of drug-related charges.

On February 24th, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch contacted Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen and TBI Director Mark Gwyn to request assistance in investigating one of his officers he suspected was involved in criminal activity. Over the course of the past two months, TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division developed information that several individuals, including a Knoxville police officer, were involved in the distribution of various drugs, including Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. Some of these transactions occurred within a drug-free school zone. These transactions occurred largely within Knox County, but also expanded into east and middle Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the Knox County Grand Jury was presented with the results of this investigation. The Grand Jury returned indictments charging eight individuals with a total of 35 counts of drug-related charges. This morning, TBI Special Agents and officers with the Knoxville Police Department began taking into custody those who were indicted.

Those arrested Wednesday include:

Joshua Hurst, 38, Knoxville – Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Four counts of Official Misconduct, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxymorphone in a Drug Free School Zone, Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxymorphone, Two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone in a Drug Free Zone, Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone, Two counts of Delivery of Oxymorphone in a Drug Free School Zone, Delivery of Oxycodone, Delivery of Methamphetamine

Milbern Breeden, Jr., 50, Knoxville –Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Delivery of Oxycodone in a Drug Free Zone, Sale of Oxycodone in a Drug Free Zone, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

Erin Keenan, 41, Knoxville –Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Delivery of Oxycodone in a Drug Free Zone, Two counts of Sale of Oxycodone in a Drug Free Zone, Possession with Intent to Sell Oxycodone, Possession with Intent to Sell Morphine, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

Pamela Moretta, 43, Knoxville – Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Sale of Oxymorphone in a Drug Free Zone, Two counts of Sale of Oxymorphone, Sale of Oxycodone

Trevor Loy, 37, Wartburg – Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Delivery of Oxycodone in a Drug Free School Zone

Jacob Hurst, 35, Clarksville – Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone

Paul Gilbertson, 44, Knoxville – Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxycodone over 200g in a Drug Free Zone, Three counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Schedule II Oxymorphone  over 200g in a Drug Free Zone

**On Thursday, the eighth co-conspirator was taken into custody. Mark Gilbertson, 46, was arrested by TBI Special Agents and officers with the Knoxville Police Department and Alcoa Police Department. Mark Gilbertson is charged with six counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone and Oxymorphone in a Drug Free Zone, Delivery of Oxycodone, Sale of Oxymorphone, and Sale of Oxycodone. His bond is set at $100,000.

 

Below, from top to bottom, Joshua Hurst, Breeden, Keenan, Moretta, Loy and Gilbertson have been booked into the Knox County Jail, and each has a $100,000 bond. There is not currently a booking photo for Gilbertson. Jacob Hurst has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $100,00 bond.

Joshua Hurst  

Milbern Breeden, Jr.

Erin Keenan

Pamela Moretta

Trevor Loy

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