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Johnson Co. man indicted, arrested on drug charges


By Tamas Mondovics

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI has led to the indictment and arrest of a Johnson County man in connection with a marijuana grow operation. According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart, in June, TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division, working alongside the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, began investigating reports of a marijuana grow operation on property located in the 100 block of J. Johnson Road in Mountain City.

Agents said that during the course of the investigation, it was determined that Frank Chiono, 59, was the person responsible for growing the marijuana.The Johnson County Grand Jury returned indictments last week, charging Chiono with one count of Manufacture of Schedule VI. Drug. Chiono was then arrested and booked into the Johnson County Jail and released on his own recognizance.