LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Through an investigation, LaFollette Police Det. Noah Riggs gained information about a couple of suspects believed to be dealing drugs.

The pair, Daniel Ray Slone and Tamera Leann Ranta, was at a property in LaFollette and Riggs knew Slone had an outstanding felony warrant. Riggs contacted the owner of the property who reported the tenants were evicted, and there could be drug sales going on at the West Beech Street residence next to the Co-Op.

Riggs arrived at the property around 5pm on Feb. 13. He could see Slone sitting in a recliner. While Riggs was looking through the window, he saw Ranta sitting on the floor allegedly weighing out a substance, according to a report from the LaFollette Police Department. He continued watching the pair and saw Slone had a digital set of scales in his lap with two baggies. Slone was taking a substance out of the baggie and placing it into a cut corner baggie then placing it on the scale and then placing more substance into it.

At this point, Riggs made everyone in the home of his presence. He told Slone to not move, because he was under arrest, and Slone allegedly threw both baggies and the scales and the cut corner baggie substance into the air attempting to keep officers from recovering the substance.

Officers made their way into the house and arrested Slone. In plain view was a set of scales, a cigarette pack wrapper with a purple substance weighing approximately five grams, an empty corner baggie, a plastic tote with multiple baggies. In one large bag was a crystal-like substance with approximately 22 grams believed to be Methamphetamine, plus another smaller baggie with a crystal-like substance weighing approximately 1.5 grams, along with another bag with caps and stems believed to be Schedule I Mushrooms weighing approximately 3.4 grams. Also discovered were two other baggies with a pink powder substance thought to be Schedule I Heroin weighing approximately three grams, another bag with a grey gravel like substance believed to be Schedule I Heroin (Moonrocks) weighing approximately 2.3 grams. Inside a zip container next to where Slone was sitting was a pill bottle with a white powdery substance suspected to be Schedule II Cocaine or Schedule II Fentanyl weighing approximately 15 grams. Officers also recovered another set of scales, four metal spoons with cotton filters, four glass pipes with burn marks and multiple new small baggies for resale, an unopened Suboxone package and a partial yellow pill.

Both suspects denied the substances and paraphernalia belonged to them. During intake, a black sticky substance believed to be Schedule I Heroin was retrieved from Slone’s pocket

Ranta, 26, 125 Stone Mill Rd, Apt. 125, Jacksboro was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, mfg/del/sell schedule I controlled substance, mfg/del/sell schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of schedule IV controlled substance.

Slone, 50, 153 South Village Lane, LaFollette was charged with mfg/del/sell schedule I, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, mfg/del/sell schedule I controlled substance, mfg/del/sell schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance and introduction or possession in a penal institution. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/22/2024-6AM)

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