Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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November 30, 2010

Indictment states grenade launcher, marijuana seized

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man recently indicted by the grand jury for allegedly possessing a grenade launcher and multiple counts of possessing marijuana for sale is also facing a state effort to seize the land that he lives on, claiming the property was purchased using illegal drug proceeds, according to court records.

Mikell Tony Tasker, was indicted on charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, theft more than $1,000 and three counts of sale of more than one-half ounce of marijuana. Tasker also faces judicial forfeiture of his home and property located at 3956 Glade Creek Rd. near the Cow Pen Rd. intersection.

The same indictment also charged Thomas A. Lansford with three counts of sale of more than one-half ounces of marijuana.

Cumberland County authorities executed a search warrant on the property and residence on Sept. 29 and recovered several items that had been reported stolen in Putnam County as well as the church property.

Tasker made his first appearance in Cumberland County Criminal Court on Nov. 15 at which time he informed Judge David Patterson that he intends to hire his own attorney so the case against him was continued to Jan. 26 at which time he is to return to court with a lawyer.

District Attorney General Randall York declined to discuss specifics about the case but did say to his knowledge, property has never been included in an indictment and that the local district has never attempted to seize property.

Specifically, the indictment charges Tasker with having in his possession the grenade launcher on Sept. 30. It also alleges he had in his possession a Peavey amplifier valued at over $1,000 that had been reported stolen during a burglary at the Church of God in Mayland.

The indictment charges both Lansford and Tasker with selling marijuana on Sept. 21, 27 and 30.

The final count in the indictment claims that Tasker purchased the 6.76 acres of land "were directly or indirectly acquired by a violation of TCA 39-17-417, or are traceable to the proceeds from such violation ... "

Listed as witnesses on the indictment are Cumberland County Sheriff's Investigators Casey Cox, Jerry Jackson and Jeff Slayton, Cpl. Jason Elmore and Deputies David Moore, Kevin Phillips and Danny Stone. Also listed as witnesses are crime lab personnel with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Special Agent Danny Espinoso.


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