Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 26, 2013

6 face meth charges

CROSSVILLE — Through a series of tips and traffic stops, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department made a series of arrests of suspects believed to be carrying methamphetamine.

The string of arrests began with two Cumberland Countians being taken in on drug charges after deputies acting on a tip stopped their vehicle and found contraband shortly after 10 p.m. March 8.

Charged with promotion of methamphetamine and manufacture, delivery or sale of a controlled substance is Dustin McKinley Nelson, 29, 3833 Creston Rd. He was placed under $35,000 bond and his hearing will be in General Sessions Court next Thursday.

Also arrested in the incident was Cheri Renee Cook, 27, 307 Joe Tabor Rd. She was placed under $37,500 bond and is to also appear in court on March 25.

Deputies received information that occupants in a red Pontiac car in the area of Hwy. 127 N were involved in drug trafficking in what was described as “casual exchange.” Deputy Dustin Hensley found a vehicle fitting the description and stopped it because of a broken rear tail light.

Nelson, who is on probation, is subject to searches and the result yielded deputies numerous small plastic bags containing 1 gram each of a white powdery substance investigators identified as methamphetamine.

Also found were numerous unused plastic bags, scales, used syringes, pseudoephedrine pills and other components used in the clandestine manufacture of meth.

A local man was taken into custody on drug charges the next night around 6 p.m. when Hensley conducted a traffic stop on I-40 at the 317 exit.

He found Mark Barnwell, 26, 149 Barnwell Rd., the driver of a white Oldsmobile Bravada with a broken rear tail light. The officer learned though a records check that Barnwell’s license was suspended.

While inventorying contents of the vehicle in preparation for having it towed, two plastic bags with a white powdery substance officers identified as meth, along with scales and a black safe, were found inside the vehicle. Also found were components commonly used in the manufacture of meth.

Barnwell is charged with manufacture, delivery or sale of methamphetamine, promotion of the manufacture of meth, falsification of a drug test and driving on a suspended license. Bond was set at $27,000 and a court date of March 25 set.

Last Monday Hensley and Deputy Ryan Sherrill were on patrol when they stopped a white Chevrolet SUV for failure to maintain lane of travel at the 320 off ramp of I-40.

As they approached the driver, a clear plastic bag of marijuana was observed in a shirt pocket and the officers attempted to take the suspect into custody. The deputies said the man resisted and fled on foot before finally being disabled with a Taser and arrested.

Inside the vehicle, deputies found a loaded 9 .mm handgun and a knife with blade exceeding six inches tucked between the two front seats.

Charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, assault on an officer, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon is Joshua Phillip Wicks, 31, 246 Beehive Lane.

Also charged was Morgan Taylor Griffith, 19, 10201 Hwy. 127 N. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited weapon for the purpose of going armed.

Bond for Wicks was set at $18,500 and for Griffith was $7,500. Both are to appear in General Sessions Court on March 25.

Timothy Dale Moore, 40, 105 Lee Circle, March 12, was arrested last Tuesday on a charge of manufacture, delivery or sale of methamphetamine and placed under $10,000 bond with an April 1 court date.

According to Sgt. Jason Elmore’s report, deputies traveled to Hamby’s Custom Palletts off Pomona Rd. to assist the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the execution of a search warrant. Moore, who is employed at the business, was detained and a search of his clothing yielded two bags of a white powdery substance identified in the report as meth.

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