Teacher, former coach arrested by DEA
Sherrill King charged with drug conspiracy
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
A Claiborne County school teacher and former Cumberland Gap High School basketball coach was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, Sherrill W. King, 44, of New Tazewell, Tenn., was arrested for conspiracy to distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone and alprazolam.
The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The alleged conspiracy occurred between Jan. 1 through the present.
King was the head coach for the Cumberland Gap girls basketball team last year and was also the boys head basketball coach at the school several years ago. Prior to that, King was an assistant basketball coach at Bell County High School.
The school system’s website states King is a driver’s education teacher. Claiborne County Assistant Director of Schools Bob Oakes said King is an employee of the school system and has been placed on suspension.
King was being held at the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Three other individuals were arrested on Tuesday by officers with the DEA and the U.S. Marshal Service.
Donald L. King, 58, of Speedwell, Tenn., Melissa Summers, 36, of Pineville, and Buddy Tigue, 54, of Flat Lick, were all arrested. They were being held at the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Donald King was the former owner of the Bell County Fairgrounds, which is now owned by the county.
The Laurel County Correctional Center website does not have any information on the charges of Donald King, Summers or Tigue.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
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