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Letcher man held after pot sting




A Letcher County man is among four suspects in federal custody after law enforcement officers intercepted a large load of marijuana in Middlesboro.

Tilden J. Crase, who lives both in Letcher County and in Speedwell, Tennessee, was among four men arrested after Operation UNITE detectives and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arranged an undercover delivery of processed marijuana at the Wal-Mart store in Middlesboro about 10:45 p.m. on October 26.

Assisting with the sting were officers from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Middlesboro Police Department and Kentucky State Police K-9 Unit.

“Law enforcement officers confiscated 96 pounds of marijuana in Middlesboro,” said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for UNITE. “Further investigation led to the discovery of an additional 230 pounds in a storage unit in Lafollette, Tennessee, early Friday morning.”

“This marijuana was ultimately meant for delivery to Harlan County,” Smoot noted. “Now it will be sent to the KSP Crime Lab in London for analysis.”

Arrested in additon to Crase were:

• Jason A. Alvezios, East Hemlock Street, Lafollette, Tennessee.

• Brandi Nicole Layne, age 24, Melvin Lane, Lafollette, Tennessee.

• Jordan R. Martin, Perkins Lane, Jacksboro, Tennessee. All four were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center without bond.


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