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Agents with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force worked around the clock to dismantle a drug trafficking organization operating in Chattooga, Walker, and Catoosa counties.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, LaFayette Police Department conducted a traffic investigation around 10 p.m. The investigation yielded approximately two ounces of ICE methamphetamine. The investigation was turned over to the Drug Task Force, and two individuals were arrested: Paul Dewayne Warren, 45, of 598 N. Ridge Estates, Trion, and Courtney Dawn Schrimpsher, 25, of 210 Champ Lane, LaFayette, each charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

The traffic investigation led agents to conduct a follow-up investigation at 687 N. Ridge Estates. With the assistance of the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, agents with the DTF located two additional ounces of ICE methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. This led to the arrest of Kenneth Lee Scholtz, 47, of 687 N. Ridge Estates for trafficking methamphetamine and various other charges. Kenneth Loren Scholtz, 18, of 259 Lorelei Farm Rd, Trion, was charged with possession of marijuana (misdemeanor).

Evidence obtained at 687 N. Ridge Estates led agents to secure a search warrant for Brothers Wholesalers, located at 400 Direct Connection Drive, Rossville, in Catoosa County. With the assistance of the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department and Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, agents executed the search warrant at 4 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. The search warrant yielded 1½ pounds of suspected ICE methamphetamine.

An additional follow-up investigation was conducted at 544 French St, Rossville, in Catoosa County. Agents discovered a small amount of ICE methamphetamine, as well as Schedule IV prescription narcotics (Alprazolam). Amber Michelle Melville, 33, of 3613 12th Ave., Chattanooga, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule IV. Jessie Samuel Simpson, 44, of 925 Hulana St., Rossville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Agents returned to 400 Direct Connection Drive later on the afternoon of Aug. 26 and served an arrest warrant for Carol Dawn Stoner, 41, of 18 Walters Lane, Rossville. Stoner was charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Total street value of the narcotics seized exceeds $70,000. The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are pending.