JCPD arrests Spartanburg man in drug bust

Published 2:48 pm Friday, April 19, 2024

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JOHNSON CITY – On April 18, officers with the JCPD Special Investigations Squad (SIS), working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested Louis Ross, 35, of Spartanburg, S.C. Ross was charged with maintaining a dwelling where a controlled substance is stored or distributed, five counts of manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell/deliver, evading arrest, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. The arrest follows a long-term investigation.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 18, officers of JCPD SIS halted a vehicle in which Ross was known to be a passenger at West State of Franklin Road and Spring Street. Ross fled from the vehicle, leading officers on a brief foot pursuit during which he discarded four bags containing a crystalline substance. Officers apprehended Ross and recovered the bags, containing approximately 4.02 pounds of what is believed to be methamphetamine.

The JCPD SIS team secured a search warrant for a short-term rental where Ross was residing. During the search, officers seized 20 pills believed to be MDMA (ecstasy), seven pills believed to be Roxicodone, 3.5 ounces of a powdery substance believed to be cocaine, 2 ounces of powdered fentanyl, and nearly 12 ounces of methamphetamine. Additionally, officers confiscated $7,000 in cash and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

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Following his arrest, Ross complained of difficulty breathing and was transported to an area hospital. He was later released and taken into custody by JCPD officers to the Washington County Detention Center.