Drugs

A Henry County, Tenn., man is facing numerous drug charges after investigators with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department allege they found 5,000 grams of methamphetamine and 1,000 grams of fentanyl in his possession on Saturday, April 3.

James Lee Payne, 47, is facing the charges after Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Charlie Jenkins said they discovered the drugs after an investigation involving the sheriff’s department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 24th Drug task Force and the Federal Bureau Investigation.

At around 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, Jenkins said that he, along with state and federal agents, observed a red Nissan drive into a gated storage building located on McGoffin Avenue in Spring City. Jenkins said that he had learned information beforehand that the drugs would be dropped off at a storage unit at that location.

“I made contact with James Lee Payne, standing in the open doorway of [the] storage unit with two open bags sitting in a metal chair, along with a large bag of a crystal substance laying in front of the bags in the chair,” Jenkins said.

Payne was immediately arrested and booked into the Rhea County Jail. He is facing two felony charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to sell, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Friday.