Claiborne County residents arrested in multi-state drug investigation

7:40 PM, Nov 24, 2010   |    comments
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Two Claiborne County residents are in a Florida jail, arrested during simultaneous raids held by local and federal agencies in East Tennessee and Florida. The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office is working with the IRS and DEA on a drug investigation that spans the two states.

As part of the investigation, authorities in Claiborne County seized more than a dozen vehicles. A Ford F-150, Pontiac Trans Am, six ATVs, three dirt bikes, a go-cart and a pressure washer now fill an entire corner of Petty's Wrecker Service in Tazewell.

While agents in East Tennessee collected those vehicles, Amanda Lynn Bible of Harrogate and Kevin Trent Bussell of Tazewell were arrested during the raid in Pinellas County, Florida. They are charged with trafficking in oxycodone and are being held in the Pinellas County Florida jail on $125,000 bond each.

A car seized in Claiborne County bears a personalized license plate "Amanda and Trent"

Captain David Honeycutt with the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office would not speak with 10News on camera in regards to the investigation, but he said they've been working on the case with other agencies for several months.

In addition to the vehicles at Petty's Wrecker Service, Honeycutt said the IRS took possession of a pontoon boat, five motorcycles, a houseboat and a motor home.

10News contacted the DEA and US Attorney's office in Knoxville. Representatives said they could not comment since they are part of an ongoing investigation.

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