|Stolen property for opioids conspiracy busted|
Cocke County authorities say they have made several arrests following a recent rash of burglaries and thefts in the Cosby community and in Gatlinburg. The arrests came after authorities on recovered a large quantity of stolen property at a Granite Way, Newport property. Sheriff Armando Fontes said an extensive investigation begun on January 4 revealed that Roger Ball, 58, Sweetwater Road, Newport; Wesley Todd Parks, 41, Driftwood Road, Newport and Tony Naillon, 27, Middle Creek Road, Cosby, conspired together to commit a burglary of the Carroll Dorsey property on November 27, 2017. They are charged with Vandalism, Burglary, and Theft over $1000. Travis Stuart, 42, Holders Grove Road, Newport is charged with Theft over $10,000, Burglary, Vandalism, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and failure to appear, in connection with the burglary of the storage unit rented by Elmer Ball on Wilton Springs road which occurred in October 2017. Randall Scott Keys, 47, Forest Trail Drive Sevierville allegedly stole a Polaris Razor valued at $20,000 from Pigeon Forge. It has been recovered and Keys is charged with Theft over $10,000. The sheriff went on to say, "Our office has also discovered that Robert McCabe, 69, Granite Way, Newport, has been taking in stolen property from others involved who will be criminally charged upon the completion of the investigation. McCabe admitted to detectives that he sponsors persons to go to pain clinics in return for prescription medication." McCabe and his roommate, Autumn Johnson, 35, are charged in a conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, and McCabe, a convicted felon, also is charged with firearms violations. Sheriff Fontes said pending further investigation, officers will seek to obtain federal Oxycodone conspiracy charges against both McCabe and Johnson and federal firearms charges against McCabe. As a result of the investigation, officers seized several items at the McCabe property believed to have been stolen and traded for prescription medication. They include the stolen Polaris Razor, a stolen Honda Accord, a 16 Foot Utility Trailer, and a collection of coins. Several other items are being processed by officers. "We have also found that some of the individuals involved conspired together in an organized manner to commit these criminal acts. I am very pleased with Detective Eric Ramsey, Detective Robert Thornton, my administration and my narcotics unit for working together to recover stolen property and criminally charge the individuals involved. More suspects will be sought and more information will be released at a later date," the sheriff said on Wednesday.