A Wilson County grand jury recently indicted more than 30 people, and the 16 suspects with warrants served Friday morning were among those indicted. Some of those suspects were arrested, some arranged to turn themselves in and others were already in jail on unrelated charges.
Individuals faced various charges, including several people with drug charges. In one of the arrests in Watertown, officers seized more than $5,000 in drug money, two shotguns, drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine and suboxone strips.
A team of 17 officers from the three agencies met at a Lebanon Public Safety building at about 5:30 a.m. to start the roundup. They split into groups and tried to clear every warrant on their list.
“We try to get there as early as possible,” said Lebanon police Cpl. P.J. Hardy. “After the first few [arrests], word starts to get out, phones start ringing, and it’s harder to find people.”
At each home, the team would first secure the perimeter and make sure the area was safe, and then an officer would knock on the door.
Officers visited a few homes that were empty, and in some cases, they had better luck checking with places the suspects were known to work.
Some suspects were questioned after they were detained. Afterward, they went through the booking process.
After attempting to serve warrants on each suspect, the group met at the public safety building and made sure they exhausted every avenue, before breaking for breakfast. The roundup was finished by about 10 a.m.
Warrants were served Friday morning for Taylor Anderson, Edward Jones, Shandrita Whitehead, Kayla Rose, Alinda McClenon, Geoffrey Maynard, Kirk Scott, Christopher Barlow, Katherine Newsom, Shivonn Winnett, Jermaine McCoy, Tony Stewart, Latoya Logue, Antonio Stewart, Christopher Wright and Lisa Adams.
All suspects arrested Friday are presumed innocent until proven guilty.