Undercover officers posing as drug dealers have arrested three in Warren County.
Arrested were Smithville residents Jeremiah Daniel Martin, 30, Jermaine D. McCoy, 43, and Cookeville resident William Seth Bowman, 41. The three traveled to Warren County on March 25 allegedly to buy drugs and instead found undercover deputies posing as the drug dealers.
“We were working on a case on March 23 and came into contact with a known drug dealer,” said Warren County Sheriff’s deputy Jared Jacobs. “We were able to capture him with about five ounces of methamphetamine, a handgun, and quite a bit of currency.”
Jacobs says the man, whose name is being withheld, decided to become a “cooperative defendant” and help the department.
“We were able to use his cellphone to set up drug deals with individuals wanting to buy several ounces of methamphetamine from him, up to 10 ounces at once. We were able to secure a hotel room and do a reverse sting. We acted as the drug dealer instead of the buyer. We allowed them to come to us.”
The men arrived.
“Instead of a drug dealer, they got four police officers,” said Jacobs. “We were able to take three subjects into custody that day. They were intending to buy up to 14 ounces from our guy. We look at it from the perspective of, we were able to keep five ounces off the street from our guy and the potential of 14 more ounces because of these guys. We did prevent five ounces of total weight but we seized assets and we seized money.”
Martin, McCoy and Bowman were each charged with one count of manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of methamphetamines.
Martin was also charged with assault and resisting arrest.
McCoy, who reported arrived to the hotel room wearing an ankle monitor and drug items on his person, was also charged with resisting arrest, simple possession and a second charge of manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of methamphetamines.
The hotel undercover operation was a coordinated effort with McMinnville Police Department.