Jamaica Me Tan salon has been under investigation for the past few months, police chief Michael 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.
Chickamauga Police Department served two warrants and made nine arrests over the weekend.
The drugs being sold included hydrocodone, xanax, and oxicodone. The street value of the pills was between $3 to $7 each. Teenage boys and girls and others were the main target for the deals, Haney said.
Chickamauga police received complaints on the business about four months ago. Haney and another officer went undercover and obtained informants and began purchasing pills from the dealers, Haney said.
Charles and Tina Hill, owners of Jamaica Me Tan, were arrested over the weekend, as well as seven other peo-ple. Others arrested included Sean Glover, Michael Hooper, Jon Bradshaw, Zachary Edwards, Jack May and James Frady. One juvenile, whose name is being withheld publicly, was arrested as well.
All of the suspects, except Frady, were arrested after buying drugs from a confidential informant for the Chicka-mauga police, he said. Haney said Frady was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug during the execution of one of the search warrants over the weekend.
The search warrants were taken out on Thursday and served on Friday, when the arrests began.
The Hills were arrested at their residence on 100 W. Eighth St. in Chickamauga.
May was also arrested on Friday. He was arrested at his residence on 1205 Lee St. in Chickamauga. May has been charged with four counts of selling and distributing narcotics.
Hooper was arrested and charged with three counts of selling and distributing narcotics.
Charles and Tina Hill were each charged with three counts of selling and distributing narcotics and one count of possession.
Glover was charged with one count of selling and distributing narcotics.
John Bradshaw was charged with three counts of selling and distributing narcotics.
Zachary Edwards was charged with two counts of selling and distributing narcotics.
Haney said there was one more arrest to be made in the drug ring.
Haney said the undercover police would buy $35-$50 worth of pills, an average eight to 10 pills, from the dealers.
The Veterans Park in Chickamauga was another location where the drugs were being sold, he said.
Haney said the frequency of teenagers entering and leaving the salon in three- to four-minute time periods was an indication that something was going on at the business, which has been open six to seven months.
The frequency at the salon was "consistent with someone selling drugs," Haney said.
"It has been a long three months (of investigation)," Haney said.
Haney said he and Sgt. Ira Taylor worked several late-hour nights on the investigation.
"No town is immune to any problems. The best thing to do is watch your children and know what they are doing. When you know of something like this, let us know," Haney said.
Those suspects are being held at the Walker County jail.