An eight-month undercover investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a pair of drug arrests – and one other unexpected arrest last week.
In June of 2016, the sheriff’s office began looking into a possible drug house at 6761 Tooley Branch Road in Westmoreland, according to Det. Shane Gregory of the MCSO. Over the course of the investigation, the MCSO made undercover drug buys from the location and took that information to a Macon County grand jury, which returned indictments.
On Thursday, Feb. 23 around 2 p.m., officers served papers related to the indictment at the residence on Tooley Branch Road and arrested 65-year-old Michael Willis Wix and 53-year-old Debbie Lynne Thompson.
Wix was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a schedule II drug and theft of property. He was given a $6,000 bond. Thompson was charged with manufacturing of narcotics, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II drug and unlawful possession of a weapon. She was given a $11,000 bond.
Officers searched the home until 10 p.m. and found numerous long guns, pistols, narcotics, various prescription drugs, several syringes with drug residue and large amounts of cash located in a safe and closet totalling $3,287.
Four children between the ages of 2 and 14 were at the residence at the time and officers called in the Department of Child Services to help.
During the course of the search of the property, 52-year-old Danny David Richards of Westmoreland showed up to the house and was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.
More charges may be filed as the investigation continues and additional arrests are pending, according to Gregory.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons praised all the agencies that were involved with the drug bust.
“I would like to thank Macon County Sheriff’s department deputies and detectives, the Lafayette Police department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and local citizens for their assistance in this investigation,” he said. “If anyone suspects criminal activity please call the department at 615-666-3325. Callers will remain anonymous.”