Police seize drugs, firearms, gambling machines

From Staff Reports

  The Washington County Sheriff's Department issued a press release Wednesday announcing the arrest of a Telford man on illegal drug, firearms, and stolen property charges, including the theft of gambling machines. The arrest occurred following an investigation that began this summer when police received tips from individuals at the Appalachian Fair.
  Jackie Lee Hartsell, 58, 370 Mt. Wesley Rd., Telford, has been charged with possession of a Schedule VI substance for resale, manufacturing of a Schedule VI substance, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated gambling promotion.
  According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, WCSD Deputy Vince Walters went to Hartsell's residence at 370 Mt. Wesley Rd. to serve Hartsell a Chancery Court mittimus for contempt. The sheriff's office had received information that there was illegal gambling going on in that area. While at the residence, Walters found 27 marijuana plants growing beside the home.
  Hartsell was taken into custody and officers were called to the scene, where they also found nearly 8 pounds of marijuana packaged for resale, 145 firearms, and a large sum of cash.
  Further investigation led police to 151 Maverick Rd., a location Hartsell owns. Police found gambling machines "and other devices", according to the press release, as well as stolen property including chainsaws, saddles and generators.
  Hartsell is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $17,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court in Johnson City today at 9 a.m.