Two arrested in Cocke County cocaine operation

Two arrested in Cocke County cocaine operation, drugs found in child's toy box

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Shawn Russell Phillips (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Shawn Russell Phillips (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
Terranie Ray (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Terranie Ray (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
A large amount of suspected drugs were found at the homes. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) A large amount of suspected drugs were found at the homes. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)

NEWPORT (WATE) - Three Newport homes were searched Thursday after an undercover investigation by the Cocke County Sheriff's Office resulted in the purchase of crack cocaine from all three residences.

Sheriff Armando Fontes says the investigation reveals the three separate locations, at 356 Filbert Street, 516 Mineral Street and 641 Lookout Drive were being used by Craig Stewart, Steve Maxwell, Shawn Russell Phillips and Terranie Ray who conspire together to sell and deliver crack cocaine.

Deputies recovered approximately eight grams of a white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine at the Lookout Drive location. Three-tenths of a gram of suspected marijuana was found hidden in a children's toy box. Fontes says the Department of Children's Services will be notified.

At the same location, officers also discovered a handgun hidden in a backpack and a sawed off shotgun in the closet of another room.

Phillip and Ray were arrested at the scene. Deputies later learned that Phillips was a convicted felon.

The Filbert Street home of Craig Stewart, a.k.a. "Hot Dog," was also searched. There, deputies discovered 71 rocks of suspected crack cocaine, one large rock of suspected crack cocaine, 11.9 grams of suspected powder cocaine, multiple containers with suspected cocaine residue, Xanax and oxycodone pills and digital scales.

When deputies attempted to serve a warrant at Steve Maxwell's Mineral Street residence, no one answered a knock at the door. After a brief waiting period, officers forced their way in. They discovered Maxwell was not home, but found eight suspected marijuana plants growing in the window. 

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