Lenoir City men charged with selling
drugs in school zone
By: Melissa Kinton Monroe County On Line 02-19-2008
Ryan William Monger, 22, West Highway 70, Lenoir City,
and Steven Matthew Rice, 23, Old Highway 95, Lenoir City, were both
arrested and charged with sale and delivery of a Schedule II narcotic
(cocaine) in a school zone and sale and delivery of a Schedule VI
narcotic (marijuana) in a school zone.
Several Vonore police officers working with an undercover informant
arranged to trade 100 placebo Oxycontin pills to Monger and Rice in
exchange for one ounce of cocaine, five ounces of marijuana, cash and an
SKS assault rifle. On Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m., the police officers,
including Lt. Robby Lovingood, Detective Earl Long, School Resource
Officer Mack Williams, Dean Norton and Matt Watson, met with the
undercover informant, equipped the informant with a recording device,
and gave the informant the fake pills. The informant was then driven to
a parking lot on Highway 411 in Vonore where Monger and Rice arrived
Rice and the informant got out of their vehicles and walked to the back
of Riceís vehicle. Rice opened the trunk and showed the informant the
SKS assault rifle. Rice then gave the informant a plastic bag containing
five smaller plastic bags containing about five ounces of marijuana.
Rice also gave the informant a plastic bag containing approximately one
ounce of cocaine.
The informant gave Rice a plastic bag containing the 100 placebo
Oxycontin pills and asked Rice to get the money. Monger, who had been in
Riceís vehicle during the trade, exited the vehicle and asked where the
pills were as Rice was getting the cash from Monger. At that time, the
police officers responded to the scene and took everyone in and around
both vehicles into custody.
When police searched Rice and Mongerís vehicle, they found a cigarette
box containing marijuana in the back seat, a plastic bag with a straw
and razor blade in the back seat, and a Ruger P94 .40-caliber handgun in
the front of the vehicle.
When Monger was searched, police found an additional $2,810 in cash on