Former Gatlinburg police officer charged for selling meth while on patrol

GATLINBURG (WATE) – Two Gatlinburg residents, including a former Gatlinburg Police Department officer, were indicted on drug charges.

A Sevier County grand jury returned indictments charging David Goins, 36, with one count of official misconduct, one count of sale and delivery of schedule II drugs in a drug-free zone, and one count of criminal conspiracy. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in April 2016, they began investigating Goins after they received information that he may be involved in illegal drug activity.

David Goins (TBI)

Agents received information that Goins was distributing methamphetamine while on duty with the Gatlinburg Police Department. TBI said their investigation revealed that Goins was also alerting other drug traffickers to law enforcement activity in the Gatlinburg area. Goins resigned from the department in July.

Savannah Ford (TBI)

In October, TBI and the Drug Task Force agents conducted an undercover operation in which they purchased methamphetamine from Goins and his girlfriend, Savannah Ford, 28, in a public park.

The grand jury also returned an indictment charging Ford with sale and delivery of schedule II drugs in a drug-free zone, as well as criminal conspiracy.

Goins was arrested and booked into the Sevier County Jail on a $50,000 bond Wednesday. Ford was served in the Sevier County Jail, where she was already being held on unrelated charges. Her bond was set at $25,000.

Ford’s and Goins’ arrests were part of a 9-month undercover drug operation in Sevier County dubbed “March Madness.” A total of 79 people were indicted last week and 34 suspected drug dealers have been taken into custody.

Officers from Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Sevierville PD, Pigeon Forge PD, Gatlinburg PD, TBI, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security, US Marshals Service and Tenn. Dept. of Corrections began arresting suspects at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Seven vehicles, $4,000 in cash, additional drugs and a handgun have been seized.


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