By Kayla Carter
Carter County law enforcement officials say an eight-month undercover investigation led to two arrests and the removal of guns, vehicles, cash and prescription pills from a Watauga home Tuesday.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said Ignacio Chacon Jr., 41, and Kasey Barnett, 22, 201 Spindale Drive, Elizabethton, were arrested when law enforcement executed a search warrant on Chacon’s home.
The sheriff said two vehicles, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred dollars, a large coin collection and prescription medications were removed from Chacon’s residence located at 236 Old Watauga Road.
“We are sorting through all of those things right now,” Mathes said Tuesday morning. “This is a pill-mill-related type of case. We’re just trying to shut it down.”
Within the past few years, the so-called pill mills have drawn considerable publicity, and media reports suggest that Florida and Texas are associated with them the most.
According to Florida’s Office of Drug Control, pill mills are defined as an establishment that routinely dispenses controlled substances outside of the scope of medical standards.