KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Arrest Two Individuals in Drug Related Conspiracy to Commit Murder

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Arrest Two Individuals in Drug Related Conspiracy to Commit Murder
DATE: April 28, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 28, 2014, Kingsport Police Detectives arrested Raymond B. Mims and Bradley J. Hirst after learning of their involvement in a drug related conspiracy to commit murder.

Mr. Mims had entrusted Mr. Hirst and another individual (name will not be released) with $20,000, with instructions to travel to Houston, Texas and purchase 50 pounds of marijuana to be brought back to Kingsport for distribution. At some point during the trip, Mr. Hirst and the other individual became separated while the other individual was solely in possession of the money. The other individual claimed that he was robbed of the money and returned to Kingsport empty handed.

Mr. Hirst told Mr. Mims that the other individual had stolen the money, so Mr. Hirst and Mr. Mims conspired to kill the other individual, his wife, and their 8 year old daughter. K.P.D. Detectives intervened before their plans could be carried out. They were both charged with Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale. They were confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Raymond B. Mims
Age Date of Birth 7/2/1962

51 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 980 Gottland Shoals Road

Blountville, TN

Charge(s) 1) Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

2) Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Bradley J. Hirst
Age Date of Birth 9/24/1983

30 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1325 Ebenezer Road

Newberry, SC

Charge(s) 1) Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

2) Criminal Conspiracy to Possess over 10 lbs. of Marijuana for Resale

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit