On Friday, December 8, at 8:40 a.m., local, state, and federal law enforcement officers apprehended three individuals at the Mountain Inn & Suites located on Rankin Avenue North in Dunlap, on drug related charges. Involved in the operation were the US Marshals Office, TBI Drug Unit, Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office, 12th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Dunlap Police Department.
Agents of the US Marshals Office along with local officers had been actively pursuing Doyle Wheeler Bivens (52, of Gruetli Laager) over the past few days for a federal arrest warrant of Conspiracy to Distribute Over 500 Grams of Methamphetamine. Early on the morning of December 8, officers obtained information that Bivens was located at the Mountain Inn & Suites. Officers located Bivens’ vehicle at the hotel and began conducting surveillance. Law enforcement obtained further information that there were two additional accomplices with Bivens, and that these individuals had rented two separate rooms.
Officers removed nearby hotel guests and employees from the area and entered both rooms. Bivens was located in a second floor room and the two additional accomplices were located in a ground floor room.
The two accomplices were identified as Dustin Wesley Johnson (25, of Decherd) and Amanda Elizabeth Hampton (36, of Altamont). During the arrest Johnson did resist officers and was apprehended with the use of a taser. Bivens was apprehended without incident.
Upon searching the hotel room of Johnson and Hampton, they discovered approximately 85 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 1 ounce of marijuana, diverted prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, and three loaded handguns. When searching Johnson’s vehicle, officers found four additional handguns and two rifles. It was also discovered that Johnson was wanted out of Bedford County, on a probation violation and a warrant for Disorderly Conduct. Hampton was wanted out of Coffee County, for failing to appear in court on a charge of Possessing Schedule IV Drugs.
All three subjects were transported to the Sequatchie County Jail where they are currently being held without bond. A bond hearing is currently scheduled for Monday, December 11, in Sequatchie County General Sessions Court.
Johnson is charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Felony, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting Arrest.
Hampton is charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Felony, and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Johnson and Hampton will also be facing charges of Felonious Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Possession of Controlled Prescription Medications.
In addition to his federal charges, Bivens was charged with Felonious Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office previously arrest Bivens for stolen goods and drugs. A warrant was executed after several months of work conducted by Grundy County Sheriff’s investigators in 2016. Deputies found drugs, guns, and an estimated $10k worth of suspected stolen chainsaws, weedeaters, and hand tools.