A Speedwell man pleaded guilty to drug charges last week as the result of joint investigation between Claiborne and Campbell county officials.
Gary Arnold “Hershel” Suttles, 61, pleaded guilty in Claiborne County Criminal Court to the sale and delivery of a schedule two controlled substance, possession of schedule two, three and four controlled substances with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The plea was the result of a joint investigation between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office and the Eighth Judicial District Drug Task Force. The investigation began in August of 2012. Assistant District Attorney General Jared Effler prosecuted Suttles on behalf of the State of Tennessee.
“The conviction of Gary Suttles is the result of cooperation and tireless effort by many agents,” Effler said. “I applaud their exemplary work in this matter and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton sentenced Suttles to three years in the Tenn. Department of Corrections’ custody and ordered him to forfeit the following property to the Eighth Judicial District Drug Task Force: A 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 2009 Ford F-150 and $35,335.38. An additional $21,109 was ordered forfeited to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.