Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 16, 2008

11 indicted on gambling charges

<i>Some of those charged have Crossville addresses</i>

Eleven people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville on charges related to gambling and narcotics, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville.

The grand jury met Dec. 3 to consider evidence gathered by the agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and police departments in Crossville, Lebanon and Sparta.

Eight persons — Joseph Wolcott, Kevin Wolcott, Rachel Wolcott, Jack Swallows and Darrell Tommy Jones — were named as being charged with gambling offenses in violation of federal gambling laws, including conducting an illegal gambling business.

The press release states that another individual was charged but that his name is not being released at this time. And, two additional individuals were indicted, but charges against them remain under seal.

Joseph Wolcott, Bruce Ferguson, Thomas Mink, Jennifer Lamear, Danny Dean Brown, Teresa Doolittle, Phillip Pena Santiago and another whose name was not released, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.

Brown, Jones, Swallows and the Wolcotts are from the Crossville/Cumberland County area. Lamear and Mink are from Lancaster, KY; Ferguson from Princeton, KY; Jones from Cookeville; Doolittle from Bybee; and Santiago from Nashville.

On the weekend of Dec. 6, federal agents swept into Cumberland County and made arrests and executed search warrants on at least one business in the city, and a residence.

Agents were back in Crossville last week and executed at least one other search warrant of a business operated out of a residence. No arrests were made last week. "I congratulate the DEA and other law enforcement agencies on their tremendous work on this multi-faceted investigation," U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough said in the press release.

"We are confident that law enforcement efforts of this kind will have a positive impact on Crossville and the surrounding areas, by stopping illegal activities like those alleged in the indictments."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Childs is the prosecutor in the case.

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