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Decherd, Tennessee, councilman and wife charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone

Decherd, Tennessee, councilman and wife charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone

A Decherd, Tennessee, city councilman and his wife have been arrested on drug charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into an overdose death by the Franklin County Drug Task Force.

Alderman Justin Stubblefield and his wife, Paige, both 31, are each charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. The investigation dates back to the 2022 deaths of two men, William Sebastian “Storm” Horton, 29, and Myles Jacob Kincaid, 26, according to a news release from the 12th Judicial District Drug Enforcement Agency. The 12th Judicial District includes Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Schedule I controlled substances have no recognized medical use and have a high potential for abuse.

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“Justin Stubblefield was also charged with one count of money laundering based on financial transactions that occurred during the distribution of oxycodone,” the task force said in the release.

The Stubblefields, listed as Winchester residents, were arrested Tuesday and are being held on $150,000 bail, Franklin County Jail officials said.

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“The investigation into the overdose deaths of William Horton and Myles Kincaid will continue with the goal of charging those responsible for their deaths with second-degree murder,” the task force said.

District Attorney Courtney C. Lynch did not provide further details when contacted for further details.

“I cannot provide additional information about how the evidence against them came to light or the ongoing investigations into the overdose deaths,” Lynch said in an email. “They have not been charged with any offense related to the overdose deaths, but the investigation is ongoing.”

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Stubblefield is one of five members of the Decherd City Council and was elected in August 2021, according to Margaret Ottley, Franklin County elections administrator. Ottley said in a phone interview that Stubblefield has not held any other elected office.

Stubblefield was not present at the council meeting Tuesday night, Decherd Mayor Mary Nell Hess said by phone. The mayor declined to comment on the arrests and the investigation.

The Stubblefields do not yet have attorneys, authorities said. They are scheduled to appear in Franklin County General Court on Sept. 12.

Contact Ben Benton at [email protected] or 423-757-6569.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office / Paige Stubblefield, 31.