Signal Mountain Man Gets 10-Year Federal Sentence For Selling Meth

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Damien Ray Gaddis
Damien Ray Gaddis

A Signal Mountain man has been given a 10-year federal prison sentence for selling meth.

Damien Ray Gaddis, 29, appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice.

Gaddis on Feb. 27, 2015, was stopped by a Red Bank officer, who recognized him from a drug investigation. Gaddis was found with $4,500 cash as well as a jar of meth, baggies, a night vision camera and other baggies containing both meth and marijuana.

Officers staked out the home of Gaddis on March 12, 2015, and afterward stopped a vehicle that just left there. A female in the car was found with meth, scales and other drug paraphernalia. She admitted she got the drugs from Gaddis and was to deliver some to another man.

A short time later, officers stopped Gaddis' car that was occupied by him, another person and three children. It also contained meth, two sets of scales, other paraphernalia and $4,500 cash.

A search of Gaddis' house turned up more meth, a drug ledger, scales, baggies containing pills, and two boxes of 9mm ammunition.

Gaddis said he had been selling meth for the past six months. He said gram quantities in August-September 2014 and worked his way up to eight ounces per week over a five-week period.

Police responded on Jan. 6, 2016, to a residence on Redlands Drive in Chattanooga. A caller said several men were loading items from the residence into several vehicles without permission. 

Gaddis was among those at the scene, standing in a ditch. Police said 30 grams of meth were in the ditch. One of the men admitted he had sold the meth found in the ditch to Gaddis. A Mossberg rifle was found in Gaddis' vehicle. 

 

 



Concurrent Grand Jury Calls For Additional Mental Health Facility; Cites Overcrowding, Heat Problems At County Jail

The Concurrent Hamilton County Grand Jury, in a final report, called for an additional mental health facility here.     The panel noted that the Moccasin Bend faility only has 150 beds and serves 52 counties.   The Concurrent Grand Jury also described overcrowded holding cells at the Hamilton County Jail as well as very high temperatures on the ... (click for more)

Catoosa County Arrest Report For Feb. 9-15

Click  here  for the Catoosa County arrest report for Feb. 9-15. (click for more)

TIF Proposal Fails Straight Face Test

Mayor Berke has put the City Council in an unenviable position. The Council will be asked to vote Tuesday on whether to use tax increment financing (TIF) to pay for a one-block extension of M.L. King Boulevard to the Riverwalk.  Accountability for Taxpayer Money supports the road extension concept and understands its timing. However, we strongly oppose using TIF future property ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arm Our Teachers Now

There are three distinct reasons that Grady Judd, the sheriff of Polk County, Fla., is one of the top law enforcement officers in the country. Just last week he was named as president of the Major-Cities Sheriff’s Association -- he’s that good. Also last week he begged America to arm itself, rigid in his belief the best way to stop school shootings and other mass incidents is by ... (click for more)

Howard Nips Red Bank In McGary's Final Home Game

(Story will be updated shortly) Two consolation games were played in the District 6-AA basketball tournament Monday night at Howard’s Henry Bowles Gymnasium and one was much more significant than the other. The Brainerd Lady Panthers had a strong fourth quarter to finally pull away from Tyner en route to a 48-34 victory while the Howard Hustlin’ Tigers escaped a hungry Red ... (click for more)

Howard Plays Like A "Miss Basketball" As Bradley Rips Lady Canes For 5-3A Title

(Story will be updated) CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In each of the last eight seasons, Bradley Central coach Jason Reuter hasn’t come close to winning the District 5-3A Coach of the Year award, an award voted on by the league coaches. In those eight years, however, Reuter has directed the Bearettes to a district tournament championship. Every year. Like clockwork. ... (click for more)