Four agencies combined to arrest a man who is suspected of selling drugs and cock fighting.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agent Dalton Rinehart said he and officers from the Vonore Police Department, the Madisonville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at the home of Charles Edward Blankenship on Highway 72 Nov. 1 after an investigation led them to believe he was involved in illicit activities.
Rinehart said after they served the warrant to Blankenship, officers searched the house and found a loaded shotgun, a 9mm handgun and 317 grams of suspected meth.
Officers also allegedly found baggies, ammunition, several fighting roosters, cockfighting blades and a rooster fighting ring.
Rinehart said Blankenship was read his rights and agreed to be interviewed. During the interview, Rinehart said Blankenship admitted to owning the meth, admitted to selling it, acknowledged the guns and said he did the rooster fighting.
Rinehart said Blankenship, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, is also a member of the Brotherhood Forever gang.
Blankenship, 49, was charged with possession of meth for resale, unlawful possession/carrying of a weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and animal and cockfighting.