Months-long investigation lands Rhea man and woman in jail

A Rhea County man and woman are facing multiple drug charges after investigators claim they discovered nearly 520 grams of methamphetamine at the woman’s home in Spring City.

Rebecca Christine Stampe, 36, and Brian Keith Shahan, 34, are facing several charges after investigators with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] executed a search warrant on Wednesday at Stampe’s Pinhook Road home.

RCSD Investigator Charlie Jenkins said he began investigating Stampe earlier this year in June after receiving an anonymous tip.

“I did receive information that Rebecca Christine Stampe was selling large amounts of methamphetamine from her home,” Jenkins said.

When the investigation began, Jenkins said Stampe was living near Rhea County High School in Evensville but later moved to Spring City during the course of the investigation.

After months of investigating, Jenkins said he was able to secure a search warrant for Stampe’s home and executed that search warrant on Wednesday, finding Stampe and Shahan at the home at the time of the search.

“Upon executing the search warrant, we found four long rifles and two pistols,” Jenkins said, adding that Stampe had previously been convicted of felony drug possession in the past and was barred from owning the firearms, per state law.

“She had methamphetamine in her bedroom in a clothing drawer,” Jenkins said. “She ended up having about 520 grams of meth, all of it packaged into 18 small, individual bags.”

In addition to the methamphetamine and firearms, Jenkins said investigators also found 4 ounces of “high quality” marijuana, $7,000 in cash and several items classified as drug paraphernalia.

Both Stampe and Shahan were charged with the unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon; the manufacture, delivery or sale of a Schedule II controlled substance; the manufacture, delivery or sale of a Schedule VI controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stampe and Shahan were booked into the Rhea County Jail on Wednesday, and according to jail records, no bond has yet been placed. They were still incarcerated as of press time Friday.

Reed Johnson can be contacted at reed.johnson@rheaheraldnews.com.