Wesley Gage Weldon

A Catoosa County man arrested in January for attempted murder has been indicted on federal drug charges in Tennessee and might have to pay back more than a quarter-million dollars in illegal drug money.

Wesley Gage Weldon, 41, of Ringgold, was captured Jan. 26 following a two-day manhunt that involved him running from police when they tried to arrest him on active warrants that included attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and theft.

A little more than a week later, the Drug Enforcment Agency hit Weldon with the federal drug charges.

According to the indictment, Weldon faces charges of methamphetamine distribution and possession of at least 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The indictment claims Weldon raked in $255,000 in cash through illegal drug sales, a sum prosecutors want to get back if he's convicted.

Following a two-day manhunt, Weldon was tracked to a Walker County residence where he was taken into custody on Thursday night, Jan. 26.

The federal charges stem from an investigation from 2015-16, in which Weldon allegedly provided an undercover agent with at least an ounce of meth and claimed he could get more.

The case involved Weldon meeting with the undercover agent in Hamilton County, Tenn., in January 2016 and allegedly trying to facilitate a deal to supply the agent with large quantities of meth.

Weldon, the brother of Ringgold attorney and former House District 3 state representative Tom Weldon, has been denied bond, but was moved to Gordon County jail in February.

The indictment adds to Weldon's ongoing saga, which includes him allegedly holding a man captive at his home while he and others beat the man over accusations that he'd stolen money and drugs from him.

The man was found wandering near Weldon's home on Jan.13, which prompted Catoosa County sheriff's detectives to take out warrants for his arrest, and him subsequently running from police Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Catoosa County sheriff's detectives and deputies tracked Weldon to his Potts Road home that afternoon, at which time he initiated a chase with police on a motorcycle.

While searching Weldon's home and property after he fled, detectives discovered he had stolen motorcycles in his possession.

In addition to the federal drug charges, Weldon still faces attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and theft by receiving stolen property charges in Catoosa County.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.