Chickamauga police chief Michael Haney said Sgt. Ira Taylor spoke to Gamble by telephone Wednesday night and tried to persuade Gamble to turn himself in. He said Gamble cursed Taylor and, before hanging up, told him “Happy hunting.”
Prior to talking to Gamble, Taylor spoke with someone who identified herself as Tabatha Rene Harwood and as Gamble’s girlfriend. Taylor said Harwood would not cooperate and she said Gamble was “out of town.”
Haney said both Harwood and Gamble are both already out on bond for a prior felony drug arrest in Walker County made by the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force.
Gamble now has a warrant for his arrest for the sale and distribution of hydrocodone.
Gamble is wanted for violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and is the latest person wanted in the Chickamauga prescription drug ring bust. He is described as white, 18 years old (born Feb. 15, 1992), brown hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches and 150 pounds.
Six people arrested this past weekend in a Chickamauga drug ring have made bond and are out of jail, Haney said.
Charles and Tina Hill, ringleaders of the drug operation, remain behind bars today, Haney said.
The couple is accused of running a prescription drug operation from their Chickamauga tanning business, Ja-maica Me Tan.
Four of the men charged in the sting who made bond and were released include Zachary Edwards, Sean Glover, Michael Hooper and John Bradshaw.
Two others, James Frady and Jack May, were also released on bond. They were running a separate drug opera-tion at May’s residence, Haney said.
A total of nine people, including one juvenile, were arrested last weekend following a three-month investigation into illegal prescription drugs sales in Chickamauga.
During the investigation, Frady and May were discovered to be operating a different drug operation and are not connected to the Jamaica Me Tan drug dealing.
Jamaica Me Tan salon has been under investigation for the past few months, Haney said.
Teenagers have been frequenting the business — entering and exiting the salon in three- to four-minute time frames, the chief said. This led authorities to investigate, he said.
Additional arrests are possible, Haney said.
If anyone has information that could assist in the apprehension of Casey Lee Gamble, contact Walker County 911, the Chickamauga Police Department at 706-375-8480, or the Walker County Sheriff's Department at 706-638-1909.