Husband, wife indicted on drug charges

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A husband and wife were indicted on narcotics charges stemming from a year-long investigation which resulted in the September arrest of the pair.
Clifton "Mugsy" Maxwell, 28, 135 Hillside Drive, Johnson City, and his wife Tanya Maxwell, 28, of the same address were arrested on Sept. 4 after officers responded to the couple's residence in McCorkle Acres subdivision and discovered 70 bags of heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two weapons.
They were indicted Monday on charges of possession of a Schedule I narcotic (heroin) for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule VI narcotics (marijuana).
Agents of the First Judicial Drug Task Force set up in the vicinity of the Maxwell residence on the day of the couple's arrest and after about two hours of constant surveillance, observed two individuals, Clifton Maxwell and an unidentified juvenile, leave the residence and arrive at the agents' location. Agents contacted the 911 Communications Center and requested assistance.
Carter County Sheriff John Henson, CCSD Capt. George Skeans and CCSD Lt. Harvey Guess arrived to assist DTF agents. Following Maxwell's arrest, agents obtained a search warrant for the residence while Sheriff Henson and other officers maintained security at the residence.
CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan and her partner, K-9 Sgt. Kabor, were called to the scene to assist in the search. Sgt. Kabor swept the residence and gave several positive alerts.
Agents and deputies then conducted a hand search of the residence and found 70 bags of heroin with a street value of $5,000, a small amount of marijuana, digital and mechanical scales, assorted drug paraphernalia, illegal narcotics packaging material, a ballistic vest, approximately $400 in cash, and two handguns -- a .45-caliber revolver and a .380-caliber automatic -- according to Henson at the time of the arrest.
Clifton Maxwell was also charged with being a fugitive from justice at the time due to the fact that he was wanted on warrants out of the state of New York charging him with felony absconding/escape.
Tanya Maxwell was also arrested in the incident. According to a report by Ryan, when she arrived on the scene, DTF agents advised her that a female identified as Tanya Maxwell had left the area on foot. Ryan and her K-9 partner followed a trail of footprints and located Tanya Maxwell hiding in a wooded fence row behind an abandoned residence. Tanya Maxwell was taken into custody at that time.