7 arrested, deputy nearly hit in Claxton drug raid

7 arrested, deputy nearly hit in Claxton drug raid


CLAXTON (WATE) -- A search at a Claxton home earlier this week resulted in seven arrests, two seized handguns and a deputy nearly being hit by a fleeing suspect.

Officers searched the home of Floyd Hammond, Jr. on Toby Hollow Lane on June 24 as part of a narcotics investigation.

Anderson County deputies were also helping Roane County investigators with a case against Hammond. He was indicted there for drug charges during a raid at a home on Harriman Highway in February.

Hammond was also charged in Roane County with aggravated assault in February for his involvement in a shooting.

Hammond was taken to the Roane County Jail and charged with selling a controlled substance.

Investigators are deciding what charges he'll face in Anderson County.

During the search at Hammond's home, undercover investigators sold drugs to six people who were arrested. All but one are charged with possession of a controlled substance.

  • Alan Henry Hackney, 29, of Knoxville
  • Garrick Shannon Sexton, 35, of Clinton
  • Tenna Gay Christopher, 51, of Oak Ridge
  • Valerie Elaine Matthews, 32, of Oak Ridge
  • Amber Michelle Franklin, 20, of Oliver Springs
  • Rodney Glen Stewart, 58, of Oak Ridge

Officers also arrested William Thomas Pope, 75, of Clinton, after he tried to flee, almost hitting a deputy with his pickup truck. Two loaded handguns were found in the truck.

Two other people were cited for driving on a revoked or suspended license.

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