Multi agency investigation nets arrests of wanted man and juveniles involved in drug trafficking
From WRIL -
UPDATE - A joint investigation between the Middlesboro Police Department, Cumberland Gap National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers and the Claiborne County Sheriffs Office has resulted in the arrest of a wanted Middlesboro man and two juveniles involved in drug trafficking.
The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office relayed information to the Middlesboro Police Department on Friday September 25,2020 that 20 year old Dillion Overton was traveling from Kentucky and into Tennessee. Overton had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Officer J. Johnson observed Overton as a passenger in a white pick up truck pulling a car hauler with a truck in tow traveling south bound on US 25E with a red Ford Mustang following.
Upon Johnson’s traffic stop on the truck & trailer, the Mustang proceeded south bound recklessly at a high rate of speed toward Cumberland Gap National Park. Law Enforcement Rangers were then alerted to the Mustang and attempted to initiate a traffic stop which lead them on a high speed pursuit south bound through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel before they managed to end the chase in Harrogate, TN.
There were two juvenile suspects in the Mustang who were found to be in possession of a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and cash. The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office is in charge of that portion of the investigation.
During Officer Johnson's traffic stop and upon further investigation, Dillion Overton was found to be in possession of a large sum of money and suspected Methamphetamine.
He was arrested and while in custody he attempted to conceal suspected Methamphetamine inside Officer Johnson’s police cruiser. He was also found in possession of a fake Illinois operator’s license.
Dillion Overton was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree (greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, and criminal possession of a forged instrument – 2nd degree. He was also served four warrants. The driver of the truck was cited to court for traffic violations.
Also assisting with the stop Officer Jake Partin, Officer Bradley Fuson, Sgt. Kenny Vanover, Cumberland Gap National Park Rangers, and the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.