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Father and son arrested in undercover drug sting

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box shows some of the numerous items seized after his deputies arrested John and David McQuire in an undercover sting operation. The father and son were reportedly selling prescription morphine pills. Deputies seized these guns, a safe, a 50-inch flat-screen television, three vehicles, a bank account containing $4,213.36, and $1,384 in cash.
Dyer County Sheriff's deputies arrested a father and son on drug charges this week, which resulted in the seizure of several thousand dollars, three vehicles, and numerous guns.

John McQuire, 57, 625 Holly Springs Cemetery Road, Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance, vandalism, and theft of services. His son, David McQuire, 40, 1814 Ayers St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance.

John McQuire
The suspects were allegedly selling prescription morphine pills and the Dyer County Sheriff's Dept. set up an undercover operation in an attempt to verify the allegations. Sheriff's Dep. Chad Jackson set up a buy with the McQuires and a confidential informant as well as an undercover drug task-force officer.

David McQuire
The informant and the task-force officer drove to John McQuire's residence on Holly Springs Cemetery Road on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 9, in an attempt to purchase five morphine pills at $20 apiece. The informant and the officer gave David McQuire the money, who in turn gave the money to his father who gave him five pills reported to be 60-milligram prescription morphine pills. The men then drove David McQuire to his residence on Ayers Street where he gave them the pills.

With the proof of the McQuires selling prescription drugs, Jackson along with other deputies executed a search warrant at John McQuire's residence. Inside, deputies found a safe, which contained a pill bottle prescribed to Johnny McQuire for 90, 60-milligram, morphine pills; a bottle of hydro-morphine pills; a bottle of oxycodone pills; and $580 in cash. In total, the deputies seized $1,384 in cash, a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, 1997 Ford pickup truck, a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck, a bank account containing $4, 213.36, a 50-inch flat-screen television, and a number of shotguns, rifles, and a pistol.

The McQuires were reportedly capable of making $1,800 a month in sales of the morphine pills from the one prescription of John McQuire's.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said prescription drug abuse is a problem that law enforcement agencies across the nation are dealing with and Dyer County is no different. He stated his department is taking an aggressive stance in an effort to end such activity.

"Not only are we attacking meth, but we are battling prescription drug abuse, which is one of the worst problems we have," said Box. "Anytime we get information about these illegal activities we are definitely going to go after them and put a stop to it."

Both McQuires appeared in Dyer County General Sessions Court and were given bonds. John McQuire was released on a $5,500 bond and David McQuire was released on $5,000 bond.

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Great work!keep getting themevil people!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 8:00 AM

Great work! My friend had his car hauler stolen last week and as of yesterday, the Sheriff's Dept still had not even assigned the case or spoke with the person of interest he told them about! Maybe if the trailer had guns or meth on it, they would be concerned!

-- Posted by christmasbooyans on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 8:50 AM

the use of prescription drugs being sold all over this town, county and state is much more serious than most of us realize. many of these people selling prescription drugs have this as their main form of income (much of it being paid for with our tax dollars, as medicare & medicaid). it would be a great service to this community for law enforcement officials to put forth as much effort as they are now using on marijuana. actually, if marijuana were legalized and sold under laws similar to alcohol. we could collect taxes and save billions of dollars on law enforcement and legal system (not to mention the breaking apart of families). tax dollars coming in, not being raised. this would be a new source of revenue that would be of great benefit to our society and tax payers. the greatest harm in our community is meth and illegal prescription medications beyond doubt.

-- Posted by closerlook on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 9:38 AM

Yeah I personally would say illegal sale of drugs and drugs out on the streets is what I am more concerned about as a tax payer and citizen of Dyer Co. Tell your friend to buy a trailer lock at WalMart and prevent the item being stolen. They are trying to prevent your kid from buying drugs and going down the wrong path in life. Keep it up Sheriff's Dept and get the streets clean.

-- Posted by Newbern Knight on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 9:40 AM

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