Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 9, 2012

Crossville attorney charged in drug case

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville defense attorney was arrested in Putnam County Sunday evening on a drug charge that culminated from a three-month investigation that was launched by state and local investigators.

Walter Alan Rose, 31, was taken into custody by Cookeville Police investigators at the Highway 111 Truck Stop in Cookeville after he allegedly completed a drug transaction during which he is accused of receiving about 100 Percocet tablets, which are classified as a schedule II controlled substance.

The Cookeville Police Department issued a statement stating that the department's Community Nuisance Eradication Team, TBI, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force were present when the arrest was made.

"Officers previously received information that the suspect, an attorney practicing in the Crossville area, was bartering his services in exchange for narcotics," the CPD press release stated.

According to police, Rose was also in possession of marijuana and a .45 caliber handgun at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident.

In March of this year, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department received information that resulted in a joint undercover investigation that culminated in Sunday's arrest, according to Chief Investigator Casey Cox.

This past weekend the probe suddenly shifted from Cumberland to Putnam County and local investigators contacted Cookeville Police because of the change in jurisdiction.

When arrested, police also seized the drugs, the handgun, a 2012 Jeep Liberty and $344 in cash.

Sheriff Butch Burgess confirmed that his department was involved in the undercover operation, but stated he could not offer any additional information at this time because his investigators were still working on the case.

Rose is a practicing attorney who handles cases in criminal, civil and family courts and last year was elected president of the Cumberland County Bar.

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