CCSO: Man charged in illegal drug activity investigation in Hampton

Joseph Edge - Courtesy of the Carter County Sheriff's Office

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Carter County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with the DEA, Elizabethton Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, charged a Hampton man following an investigation into illegal drug activity.

According to a CCSO news release, in late July investigators received information about illegal drug activity at an apartment complex on Rittertown Road in Hampton.

Law enforcement officials believed an individual living at the apartment complex was trafficking crystal methamphetamine from that location and had also been reportedly receiving drug shipments from someone in Atlanta, Ga.

On Aug. 18, DEA agents notified Carter County drug investigators that they believed the individual was in possession of a large amount of crystal methamphetamine, after agents reportedly closed in on a source in Atlanta.

According to the release, investigators, along with DEA agents and THP troopers, conducted a traffic stop on the individual — later identified as Joseph Edge, 40.

During the stop, nearly three quarters of a pound of crystal methamphetamine, around one pound of marijuana and over $5,000 in cash were found.

It was confirmed that Edge was the individual who lived at the apartment complex in Hampton.

Edge was arrested and charged with possession of schedule VI narcotics for resale, possession of schedule II narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was additionally charged with attempted destruction of evidence and resisting arrest after he allegedly tried to discard a portion of the narcotics he had in his possession, and then struggled with officers during his arrest.

Edge was taken to the Carter County Jail, where he later bonded out on $12,500.

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