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Grand jury returns indictments

A Unicoi County grand jury met on Monday, Jan. 5, and issued indictments against six individuals.
Brittany D. Carter was indicted on one count of introduction of contraband by the grand jury. Carter was an inmate at a Unicoi County jail facility when she allegedly conspired with another individual to bring suboxone film – a schedule III substance – into the jail in November.
According to an affidavit of complaint written by Chief Deputy Frank Rogers, jail employees discovered drugs concealed in an envelope while inspecting incoming mail at the facility. The drugs were identified as suboxone film – a schedule III substance.
“Brittany Carter confessed that she had been part of a plan to introduce drugs into the jail via mail,” Rogers said.
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Shawn Meeks was indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary, burglary, theft $500 or more, less than $1,000, theft $500 or less and three counts of vandalism under $500.
These charges stem from an incident in November when Meeks and two other individuals attempted to burglarize a home on Clear Branch Road.
According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, the three individuals were going around residences knocking on doors and windows. They were doing this to see if residences were occupied. Likely believing that the particular dwelling was unoccupied, one of the subjects kicked in the back door of the residence. The woman reportedly met the man in the kitchen with her cane, which led him to flee from the home. All of the subjects then fled the area. Hensley said the man mostly likely thought the cane was a gun.
Deputy Mike Harris was the first on the scene. Officers were notified to be on the lookout for a van with the windows busted out. Unicoi County 911 gave a description of the van to surrounding agencies and advised them to be on the lookout as well.
Deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers thoroughly searched the Clear Branch area. Around 10:30 a.m., the Yancey County, (NC) Sheriff’s Department advised that they had a van that matched the description of the vehicle.
The charges against Meeks also include incidents at two other properties. At one of these properties, according to the indictment, a Whirlpool stove, ceramic heater, grease gun and push broom were taken without the owner’s consent.
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Jonathan Webster Jenkins was indicted on two counts of promoting manufacture of methamphetamine and one count each of possession schedule II (methamphetamine) for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of registration law.
According to the indictment, Jenkins purchased ingredients to make methamphetamine on Dec. 14 and Dec. 27, 2013. Also on Dec. 27, Jenkins was found to be in possession of .04 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department.
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Emerson Skye Collins was indicted in two cases, according to court documents. Collins was indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary and theft $1,000 or more, less than $10,000 from an incident in July 2014.
On that date, Collins allegedly entered a home and stole a safe and $2,500 from the owner.
Collins was indicted on one count each of domestic assault (injury) and resisting arrest, as well as two counts of assault, according to court documents.
These charges stem from an October 2014 incident when Collins allegedly assaulted a family member and officers Jim Chandler and Bob Rutherford of the Erwin Police Department.
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Charles Wesley Smith was indicted on one count of theft $1,000 or more, less than $10,000.
According to court documents, in January 2013 Smith allegedly stole a 1999 Honda Civic, two child support debit cards, a Regions bank debit card, 78 Xanax tablets, a GPS, an iPod, a pair of rollerskates and miscellaneous jewelry.
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Robert Sneyd was indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary, theft $1,000 or more, less than $10,000 and vandalism under $500 as the result of a July 2014 incident.
On that date Sneyd allegedly took a Sentury safe, $2,740 in cash, a PlayStation 3, three PlayStation 3 games, a GoPro camera and a 9-foot river raft, according to the indictment.