On March 14, 2022, a confidential source notified agents of the Tenth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force that illegal contraband was being introduced into the Bradley County Jail. Immediately, agents began investigating the information in attempts to verify the conspiracy and discover the source of the narcotics.
On March 15, 2022, agents met with jail staff to review recent phone call recordings and video footage of inside and outside activity. Upon investigation, agents were able to confirm the identity of two co-conspirators, who participated in two separate narcotics exchanges on March 10 and March 13, 2022. These individuals were identified Jason Shields and Emanuel Adames.
They also were able to confirm the participation of three incarcerated co-conspirators, who were identified as John Shields, David Taylor, and Anthony Earwood.
Upon further investigation, agents received a tip that a third exchange would take place on March 15, 2022. Due to the overwhelming evidence that had been discovered, they quickly began preparing to intervene in attempts to prevent the planned narcotics exchange.
Around 5:00 pm on March 15, 2022, the suspects arrived to the Bradley County Jail. Agents conducted a traffic stop the parking lot and identified Jason Shields as the vehicle driver, Emanuel Adames as a passenger, and a third-party female juvenile riding with them. They also located a paper envelope of two foil bindles that were to be dropped off that day, believed to be fentanyl and methamphetamine. Both males were taken into custody and the juvenile female was released to her guardian.
As the investigation continued, Sami Finley was identified as an additional co-conspirator and supplier of the narcotics. On March 16, 2022, agents served a search warrant on Finley’s residence which revealed further narcotic evidence. She was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail.
Jason Shields was charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution x2, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession of Schedule II Fentanyl for Resale, and Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine for Resale. Emanuel Adames, John Shields, David Taylor, and Anthony Earwood were charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution. Shields, Taylor, and Earwood will also be facing in-house disciplinary penalties. Sami Finley was arrested on outstanding warrants, charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution, and has several pending indictments for the narcotics found in her residence.