Narcotics officers foreclosed Tuesday on an alleged drug dealing enterprise, seizing the product, sales tools and at least some of the profits and  jailing the man running the illicit business.


Narcotics officers foreclosed Tuesday on an alleged drug dealing enterprise, seizing the product, sales tools and at least some of the profits and  jailing the man running the illicit business.


Capt. Gregg Johnson, Carter County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division, said Thomas Sophus, 53, was taken into custody without incident when a search warrant was served at his residence, located in the 1100 block of B Street SE.


Johnson said officers obtained the warrant after conducting an undercover investigation into allegations Sophus was “dealing marijuana,” from the residence.


“Undersheriff Milton Anthony received a telephone call about marijuana being sold from the house. That information launched an undercover operation, conducted by our (CCSD) narcotics officers and Ardmore (police department) narcotics officers,” Johnson said.


By Tuesday the investigation had provided enough evidence to support the issuance of a search warrant.


Johnson said the search of Sophus’ house yielded an estimated pound of marijuana, $1,600 cash and an illegal gun.


Sophus was booked into the Carter County Detention Center shortly after the search warrant was served. Wednesday formal charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were filed against Sophus by the district attorney’s office. He made an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Bond was set at $20,000.


Sophus did not immediately post bond and remained incarcerated, according to a county jail spokesperson.


Marsha Miller 221-6529
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