In late 2018, a lengthy investigation began into extensive illegal drug trafficking allegedly committed by Tyrone Lamas Hitchcock, also known as “Sticks.” Kingsport police report that Hitchcock was living in this area under an alias while evading authorities in Michigan, where he was wanted by that state’s Department of Corrections for absconding while on parole.
This investigation eventually led to two alleged co-conspirators: Hitchcock’s girlfriend, Rachel J. Bradley, and another female suspect, Ashley L. Hagood.
The findings of the intensive year-long investigation were presented on Dec. 11 to a Sullivan County grand jury, which returned true bills of indictment resulting in the issuance of subsequent capias arrest warrants for all three suspects on multiple felony charges, according to a news release.
Hitchcock and Bradley were arrested on Dec. 20, while Hagood was served with her warrant while already in law enforcement custody on unrelated charges.
As a result of these arrests and the service of associated search warrants, more than four pounds of heroin with a street value in excess of a half-million dollars was seized. Detectives also seized more than 500 pills, approximately $25,000 in cash (believed to be profits from illegal drug transactions), and several firearms.
At the time of Monday morning’s news release, all three suspects remained confined in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. Hitchcock and Hagood are being held with no current eligibility for bond, while Bradley is being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
“The KPD Vice and Narcotics Unit would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Office of the Second Judicial District (Sullivan County) Attorney General for their invaluable assistance throughout this investigation,” the news release states.