Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alfred Seitner stopped to help what appeared to be stranded motorists in Cumberland County Tuesday night and instead arrested two Knoxville women on drug charges.
Arrested were Lindsay B. Allred, 27, and Tabitha Buckner, 33.
Seitner spotted a vehicle with its emergency lights flashing on the shoulder of Interstate 40 eastbound near exit 322 at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. As he approached the vehicle, the driver and passenger exited the car and switched positions. When Seitner made contact with the passenger, she explained the car was experiencing a headlight malfunction.
Seitner immediately noticed nervous and suspicious behavior from the passenger, formerly the driver, and requested she step out of the vehicle for further questioning. Upon additional investigation, he learned her driver's license was suspended and she admitted to having cocaine in her wallet.
Seitner requested and was granted consent to search the vehicle. He found a green backpack with a set of digital scales, a cutting agent and a mason jar with about 14 grams of marijuana. He also found a prescription pill bottle with morphine, oxycodone, Xanax and various other prescription pills on the passenger's person. The pills were not prescribed to her.
Both Allred and Buckner were arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Jail.
Allred was charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to manufacture, sale or deliver, possession of schedule VI drug with intent to manufacture, sale or deliver. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. It was also discovered Allred was wanted out of Hamilton County for failure to appear on a DUI charge. Allred's bond was set at $56,000.
Buckner was charged with possession of schedule VI drug with intent to manufacture, sale or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a $16,000 bond.