Search warrant lands three in jail

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By Natasha LaFayette



Originating through complaints on the drug hotline, the Campbell County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant of a LaFollette residence last Friday.

Around 7 a.m., six sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Tennessee Department of Revenue executed a search warrant at the 1262 Chestnut Stump Road residence of Efrin Allen Lawson, 40.

A search of the house revealed three quarters of a pound of what is believed to be marijuana and close to $5,000, according to Sheriff Gary Perkins.

The sheriff’s department seized the money and marijuana but the department of revenue seized additional items for failure to pay the Tennessee drug tax, commonly referred to as the “crack tax.”

Agents confiscated a television and money for payment of taxes, said Perkins. During the search of the house, James Darien Davis, 33, and Steve Donavon Davis, 29, came onto the property.

“As the deputies were executing the warrant, they (the Davises) came on the property,” said Perkins. “Anything that comes on the property is open to search.”

The two brothers gave consent to be searched and deputies allegedly found methamphetamine and coffee filters, said Perkins.

A bag of meth was allegedly found in the driver’s side seat of James Davis’s vehicle. And Steve Davis allegedly had in his possession several small bags of methamphetamine, pipe, pills and close to 15 coffee filters still wet with methamphetamine oil, police said.

Lawson was charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon for a shotgun found in the residence.

Lawson was released the same day as his arrest with a bond of $2,500.

Both Steve Davis and James Davis were charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steve Davis netted an additional charge of promotion of meth manufacture for the coffee filters in his possession.

Detective’s Josh Goins, Jimmy Jeffries, Preston Primm, Mike Perkins, deputy Jeremy Myers and Daryl Mongar assisted with the search warrant.

Steve Davis and James Davis stayed in jail through the weekend and were released on Monday. Steve Davis was released with a $5,000 bond and James Davis with a bond of $2,500.