JOHNSON CITY – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office has led to the indictment of two former Cocke County Sheriff’s Office employees accused of using their positions to illegally obtain controlled substances.
On August 7th, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division along with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations against Autumn Davis and Shayelan Scheffers. Davis was employed as a nurse at the Cocke County Jail and Scheffers was employed as a correctional officer. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Davis used her position to fraudulently obtain oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. The investigation also revealed that Scheffers was working with Davis to fraudulently obtain the controlled substances.
On August 30th, the Cocke County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Scheffers, 22, of Newport, with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance in Excess of 2,000 grams. She was arrested on Wednesday and is being held in the Cocke County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Davis, 43, of Newport was also indicted on charges of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance in Excess of 2,000 grams. She was arrested today and booked into the Cocke County Jail on a $50,000 bond.