Hayden man arrested after 15-year investigation

A 15-year investigation ended Wednesday after police found 55 pill bottles and 14 firearms at a residence on Lakewood Trail. A 62-year-old man was arrested and charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a pistol after conviction for a crime of violence. He posted his bond of $55,000 last Friday and is scheduled to appear in court on July 11.

After developing probable cause, the Blount County Sheriff’s Department received a search warrant and arrested the man that same day.

“He’s one that we’ve had our eye on for a very long time,” said Jason Paul, narcotics investigator for the department.

Four safes were discovered at the residence containing pills ranging from antibiotics to xanax and methadone. Paul said the majority of the safes also held firearms such as handguns, shotguns, and rifles.

Throughout the years a countless number of individuals have bought prescription pills from the subject, according to Paul, and a man actually approached the house and admitted he was there to buy pills during the time the police were issuing the search warrant.

Although the Hayden native has been convicted of a felony before, this is his first drug charge.