Two Men Facing Drug Charges

Jerry Gene Van Winkle Jr intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department

Jerry Gene Van Winkle Jr intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department

On Monday, Jerry Gene Van Winkle age 28 of Lebanon was the operator of a vehicle that was stopped westbound near the 110-mile marker of Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Van Winkle and passenger Wrangler Ward West age 24 of Chattanooga were allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 11 grams of an off-white crystal-like substance in two baggies that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also found was a glass container with approximately one-half gram of methamphetamine. Neither individual claimed ownership of the drugs. The two men were also found to be in possession of digital scales, baggies and glass pipes.
Wrangler West Ward intake photo

Wrangler West Ward intake photo


Van Winkle allegedly admitted that he and West went to Chattanooga to buy methamphetamine and deliver it throughout the state.
Coffee County Deputy Brandon Reed arrested Van Winkle and charged him with 2 counts of manufacturing/delivery/selling/possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit and unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. He was booked in at the Coffee County Jail under a bond of $151,000. West was charged with manufacturing/delivery/selling/possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit and unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. His bond was set at $101,000. Both men are due in court on 12-7-15.