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HCSO Recovers Over $870,000 in Illegal Narcotics & 12 Firearms


$10,000 in U.S. Currency and an Audi S5 Also Seized

Hamilton County, TN - On Thursday July 6, 2023, Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Special Investigations Unit, with the assistance of the HCSO SWAT Team and Patrol Services, served a search warrant at 9740 West Ridge Trail Road Soddy Daisy, Hamilton County.

The subject of the investigation was identified as Joshua Mills. Mills attempted to flee on foot and was caught after a brief foot pursuit.

During the subsequent search of the residence, detectives located the following:

• Approximately (10.2) pounds of Methamphetamine

• (8.2) pounds of Fentanyl

• (2) pounds of Marijuana

• (18) Marijuana plants

• Drug paraphernalia

• (12) Firearms (3 Verified as Stolen)

• $10,321.00 in US Currency

• 2010 Audi S5

The currency as well as a 2010 Audi S5 were seized in accordance with state law. The street value of the narcotics is approximately $870,250.00.

Mills is also a previously convicted felon, which prohibits him from having a firearm. Mills also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

“In 2022, our nation saw the highest record of drug related deaths with over 109,000 people. Here locally, we saw 1,280 overdoes which included 148 deaths across our county. Each day, your sheriff’s office, is committed to eradicating dangerous drugs like methamphetamine and Fentanyl from our streets which is indiscriminately killing our citizens. I want this drug seizure to be a clear message from me to those who sell this poison in our community -The next knock on your door may not be your customer, it very well could be my Narcotics Detectives or SWAT Team serving a warrant for your arrest,” stated Sheriff Austin Garrett.

Mills was transported to the Hamilton County Jail and booked on the following charges:

• Drugs for Resale (x4)

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Felony

• Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Felony

• Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

• Theft of Property (x3)

• Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence

• Evading Arrest

• Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk or Arrest

Mills was also booked on the following outstanding warrant:

• Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution

Additional Charges are pending further investigation. State charges have been filed and the HCSO will be discussing the case with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for potential federal prosecution.

No further details are available at this time.

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