KNOXVILLE – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force has led to the indictment of two Gatlinburg residents, including a former police officer, on drug charges.

In April 2016, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division began working alongside DTF Agents, the Gatlinburg Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office to investigate allegations of illegal drug activity involving David Goins (DOB 6/19/80). At the time, Goins was employed as an officer with the Gatlinburg Police Department. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that while on duty, Goins was distributing methamphetamine. The investigation further revealed that he was also alerting other drug traffickers to law enforcement activity in the Gatlinburg area.  Goins resigned from the department in July. Additionally, in October, TBI and DTF Agents conducted and undercover operation in which they purchased methamphetamine from Goins and his girlfriend, Savannah Ford (DOB 1/12/89). The purchase was made in a public park.

Last week, the Sevier County Grand Jury returned indictments charging David Goins with one count of Official Misconduct, one count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drugs in a Drug-Free Zone and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. The Grand Jury also returned indictments charging Savannah Ford with one count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Drugs in a Drug-Free Zone and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. Today, Goins was arrested and booked into the Sevier County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Ford was served in the Sevier County Jail, where she was already being held on unrelated charges.  Her bond was set at $25,000.

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