Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 21, 2012

Meth alleged hidden in body cavity

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — A Pleasant Hill area man who reportedly fought with Crossville Police when an officer tried to  take him into custody is alleged to have attempted to smuggle two bags of methamphetamine into the county jail in a body cavity.

Jacob Levon Lawson, 24, 9675 Sparta Hwy., Pleasant Hill, is charged with manufacture, delivery or sale of meth, aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, introducing contraband into a penal institution, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police first came into contact with Lawson and a 22-year-old female as they sat in a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck parked in a stall at Jerry’s Spray N Shine off West Ave. shortly before 11 p.m. Nov. 9.

An off-duty police supervisor passing by on his way home spotted the vehicle with no around it and thought it odd that no one was washing the vehicle at the car wash.

Ptl. Thomas Burnett was one of the officers responding to the call and found two persons inside the pickup. The male sitting on the passenger side had a lighter and pipe in his right hand.

The officer said he asked the male to place the pipe on the dash, but the suspect threw it out an open window. When the officer attempted to take Lawson into custody, Lawson is reported to have fought with Burnett before being able to handcuff the suspect.

When responding officers arrived on the scene and a search of Lawson was attempted, he allegedly resisted the search, kicking Ptl. Jason Wilson in the groin and calf. Wilson was treated at Cumberland Medical Center for injury to his calf.

A search of the vehicle yielded a club wrapped with electrical tape on the handle was found.

When the suspect was delivered to the Justice Center for booking, he was advised that he would be strip searched and that if he carried illegal drugs into the jail, he would be charged with introducing contraband.

During the resulting search, two bags of what police believe to be meth, weighing 1.8 grams, was recovered from a body cavity, leading to an additional charge.

Lawson was released the following day under $25,000 bond. He faces a first appearance in General Sessions Court on Dec. 3.