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Claiborne County Deputies Seize Drugs, Guns, And Cash In Raid

On Thursday December 5th, 2019 Detectives and Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a residence on Whitaker Road in Tazewell in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on Jonathan David Goins. Upon contact with the resident, Lance R. Carter, permission to search was granted. During the search of the residence approximately 5 pounds of Marijuana, 15 grams of Methamphetamine, 4 handguns, a shotgun, drug paraphernalia associated with the sale of narcotics, blasting cap, and over $12,000 in U.S. currency believed to be narcotic sale proceeds were located. Lance R. Carter (40), was arrested and charged with possession of schedule VI for sale, Possession of explosive components, and drug paraphernalia. Jonathan David Goins (48), was located hiding in the attic and was arrested and charged with possession of schedule VI for sale, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, and drug paraphernalia. Alyssa A. Lakins was arrested and charged with possession of schedule VI for sale, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, and drug paraphernalia. Michael Martinez (32), was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine for sale.

Oneida Nutrition Supervisor Convicted In Misappropriation Case

On December 4, 2019, a Scott County jury found Verna Rose Wright, of Oneida, Tennessee, guilty of Theft over $10,000 and Official Misconduct. Ms. Wright misappropriated more than $49,000 dollars from the Oneida School Cafeteria account while working as the School Nutrition Supervisor for the Oneida Special School District. Scott County Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton scheduled a sentencing hearing for February 3, 2020.

This case was investigated and prosecuted by Philip Job with the office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Other investigators from the Comptroller’s office and employees of the Oneida Special School District assisted with the investigation and testified at her trial.

At trial, the state was represented by Assistant District Attorney General Thomas E. Barclay.

Former National Guard Facing Statutory Rape Charges

A Knoxville man, who was working as a recruiter for the Tennessee Army National Guard has been indicted on charges that he had sexual contact with a trio of juvenile females in Claiborne County. Matthew Franklin, 32 years of age, six counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure following a months long investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the New Tazewell Police Department.

Back in September 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler requested the TBI join the investigation after the allegations of the inappropriate acts surfaced. The investigation determined that Franklin had sexual contact. three juvenile females between March 2018 and September 2019. During this time he was employed by Tennessee Army National Guard as a recruiter. The Tennessee Army National Guard terminated his employment with them after the allegations surfaced.

Following the indictment Franklin was booked into the Claiborne County Jail Thursday on a $25,000 bond.

Threat at LMS Deemed Hoax. 3 to Face Charges.

At Approximately 8:53 A.M., The Principal at LaFollette Middle School contacted the School Resource Officer in regards to a threat of an impending shooting at LaFollette Middle School. Central Office staff was notified of the incident and a joint investigation began with Investigators from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office as well as Administrators with the Campbell County School System. The investigation quickly revealed the threat to not be credible and 3 juveniles will be facing charges of Filing a False Report/Bomb threat.

Claiborne Dou Arrested On Drug Charges

On December 4th, 2019 the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Coleman Street in Harrogate TN. Detectives with the Claiborne County Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigation Division executed the search of the property, the residence of Charles Lewis Langford JR AKA “Red”, in response to the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine. During the course of the search, a female, Natasha Goins AKA “Natasha Langford”, was found hiding in a false wall within the bedroom. Also found in the search was what appears to be Methamphetamine, firearms, and drug paraphernalia used in the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine. Charles Lewis Langford JR, 42, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm during dangerous felony, and drug paraphernalia. Natasha Goins, 25, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Both individuals also had existing warrants out of Claiborne County.