After a multi-agency investigation, the two men were arrested for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring that reached from Detroit to Harriman, Tennessee. The population of Harriman was 6,350 people based on the census of 2010. It is located about an hour west of Knoxville.
In a press release from the Roane County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office they state that a three month investigation by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Harriman Police Department and Kingston Police Department resulted in the execution of two search warrants at the Hillside Apartments located at 204 Midtown Lane in Harriman, Tennessee.
The investigation revealed that a drug trafficking organization based in Detroit, Michigan had been sending dealers to the apartments on a rotating basis. The dealers would bring with them a quantity of the prescription pain killer known as oxymorphone in the form of 40 mg Opana pills which is a schedule II controlled substance.
After a few weeks new dealers would be rotated into the apartments and the others would go back to Michigan. Up to 40 customers per day had been observed frequenting the apartments purchasing the pills. Opana 40 mg pills have a local street value of $100.00 per pill. The dealers were estimated to be taking in about $3,000.00 per day.
The search warrants were conducted on apartments #1 and #2, both of which had been controlled by the Michigan-based dealers. Apartment #1 was used to sell the pills while it is believed that apartment #2 was used as a stash location for the drugs, money and other items.
Three loaded handguns, 31 Opana pills, and approximately $10,000.00 in cash were found in the apartments.
Two subjects inside the apartments were arrested. 38-year-old Dontae Martez Register and 40-year-old Julius Randy Jackson, both of Detroit, were charged with possession of a scheduled II controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Dontae Register was also charged with a felon being in possession of a handgun as records indicate that he already had felony convictions in Michigan.
Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Dontae Register was a Parolee at the time of his arrest in Tennessee. He was released from prison in May of 2018. Register was previously convicted for one count of Second Degree Arson, one count of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and one count of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana – Attempt.
While conducting the search of both apartments, customers came to the location attempting to buy drugs from law enforcement officers. Those subjects are now facing misdemeanor charges. All subjects were transported to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
The FBI Rocky Top Task Force, made up of officers from the Knoxville Police Department, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Kingston Police Department, Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Roane County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the raid and arrests. Agents and officers of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 9th Drug Task Force, and Rockwood Police Department also assisted in the operation.