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Suspected meth dealer from Gruetli-Laager, 2 others arrested at hotel in Dunlap Friday

(Images: Dunlap Police Dept. / MGN)

The Dunlap Police Department says an operation carried out at a local hotel Friday morning resulted in the arrest of three people, including a Gruetli-Laager man who was wanted on charges of dealing meth.

A post on the DPD's Facebook page says the arrest happened at the Mountain Inn and Suites on Rankin Avenue North in Dunlap, with the help of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including U.S. Marshals, TBI Drug Unit, Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office, 12th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Dunlap Police Department.

DPD says agents of the US Marshals Office along with local officers had been actively pursuing 52-year-old Doyle Wheeler Bivens 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 8th, officers obtained information that Bivens was located at the Mountain Inn & Suites.

Officers located Bivens’ vehicle at the hotel and started a stakeout. Officers later learned there were two suspected accomplices with Bivens, and that they had rented a different room.

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 25-year-old Dustin Wesley Johnson of Decherd, TN, and 36-year-old Amanda Elizabeth Hampton of Altamont.

Police say during the arrest Johnson resisted officers, who then used a taser on him. Bivens was apprehended without incident.

Police say a search of the hotel rooms revealed about 85 grams of methamphetamine, about an ounce of marijuana, diverted prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, and three loaded handguns.

Police say upon searching Johnson’s vehicle officers found four additional handguns and two rifles.

It was also discovered that Johnson was wanted out of Bedford County, TN on a probation violation and a warrant for disorderly conduct. Hampton was wanted out of Coffee County, TN for failing to appear in court on a charge of possessing schedule IV drugs.

All three subjects are now in the Sequatchie County Jail without bond. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday 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.

NewsChannel 9 is working to get the mugshots of all three suspects.

This story will be updated.

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