Kentuckians Among Arrested In Tennessee Marijuana Bust

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Four people are under arrest in Scott County, Tennessee after Sheriff's deputies say they received twelve pounds of marijuana in a package sent through UPS.

James Roark, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Gerald Strunk, of Strunk Road in Strunk, Kentucky, Bettina Jay, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Robert Marlar Jr., of Winfield in Scott county, are in prison.

Scott County, Tennessee Sheriff's deputies say on Wednesday UPS turned over a package to Oliver Springs Police Department they thought was suspicious.

Deputies say about 6 pounds of marijuana was inside. Sheriff Anthony Lay says deputies made a delivery to the address in Onieda.

A man who identified himself as David Cuthen, the same name that was on the package, accepted the delivery, according to Lay. But after deputies identified themselves, he admitted his real name was James Roark, and he knew marijuana was inside, the Sheriff says.

Roark told police he agreed to receive the package and deliver it to someone else. Meanwhile Bettina Jay arrived at the home and when questioned by police she admitted she knew the package contained marijuana and came by to make sure Roark received it.

As deputies stood by, they say Gerald S. Strunk and Robert Marlar, Jr., arrived to get the package. They were questioned and Lay says Marlar Jr., admitted he received another package the same day.

Deputies searched Marlar's home and found another package with about 6 pounds of marijuana. They say the packages were coming from Texas.

A police investigation will continue.

All four suspects are charged with attempting to possess marijuana with intent to deliver and sell more than 5 pounds, conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to deliver and sell more than 10 pounds. Marlar Jr., is also charged with felony possession of marijuana.

Authorities are still looking for two other people.


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