COOKEVILLE – Partner law enforcement agencies from across the Upper Cumberland region have worked together to secure charges for 12 individuals in connection to an eight-month investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in several counties.

Authorities from the Cookeville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Crossville Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Overton County Sheriff’s Department, the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office, the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the office of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, began investigating the operation in September 2016. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information about 12 individuals connected to a multi-county methamphetamine distribution operation.

At the time of this release, nine of the individuals had been arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail:

  • Ronnie Edward Argo, Jr., DOB 6-19-88, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Joseph Israel Neely, DOB 3-8-81, of Smithville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Kristan Nicole Harville, DOB 5-23-87, of Baxter
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Darby Dee Brunson, DOB 5-10-88, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Lindsey L. Goad, DOB 4-28-95, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Megan Alissa Fuller, DOB 1-18-81, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Ryan Lee Underwood, DOB 5-5-82, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Nathaniel Harrison Payne, DOB 4-28-81, of Crossville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • James Preston Cumby, DOB 10-20-66, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond

At the time of this release, efforts to arrest the additional three individuals implicated in this investigation remained active and ongoing. Updates to this news release will be published online: www.tbinewsroom.com.

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