Dawson acquitted in drug case

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By Damon Lawrence

Rodney Dawson, a 42-year-old Harriman man, was found not guilty of selling cocaine in a school zone on Tuesday. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.
“He’s been waiting a long time for this to get off his shoulders,” said Dawson’s attorney, Donice Butler. “I’m hoping that the acquittal will help him move forward, find able employment and do well in the community.”
Cynthia Wheeler and Timothy Wright are in federal custody for their roles in a Roane County prescription pill ring headed by John Goss.
Wheeler and Wright testified on behalf of the prosecution during Dawson’s trial.
Butler said she doesn’t think the jury found their testimony credible.
“I’m very proud of the jury,” Butler said. “They applied the law just as they were instructed to do by the judge.”
Dawson’s legal troubles are not over. He was indicted in October for allegedly selling cocaine and oxycodone.
That case is still pending.