Seven persons were detained as Crossville Police executed a search warrant on a residence with the investigation growing out of a routine traffic stop, according to reports.

Only one person was arrested — on an unrelated warrant — following the search conducted Sunday at 393 Lantana Rd. A total of $1,300 in cash was seized along with marijuana and Alprazolam with a street value of $9,750. A Mosberg 22 LR rifle and ammunition were also taken by police.

The only person arrested was Crystal Coulter, 24, 393 Lantana Rd., who was taken into custody on an unrelated local warrant on a charge not listed on the report.

Those detained — four men and two women — were later released but will be facing charges ranging from possession of marijuana for resale, violation of the Tennessee Drug-free School Zone act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It all began Sunday around 4:30 p.m. when Ptl. Dustin Lester stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. Ptl. Jason Wilson joined Lester on the stop and while Lester wrote citations on the driver, Christopher Cummings, 23, also of 393 Lantana Rd. Wilson asked for and was given consent to search the vehicle.

A woman in the car asked officers if she could take her nephew to 393 Lantana Rd. She was accompanied to the residence by Lester who smelled marijuana coming from the residence when the door was open.

The residence was occupied by three men who were removed from the house. During a sweep of the house for others, Lester noticed a bag of marijuana along with paraphernalia in the house. Those present were detained and a search warrant was obtained from a Judicial Commissioner.

Sgt. Chad Withrow, Det. Cherry and Ptl. Tim Vandever joined in the search of the residence and found a commode clogged by marijuana that had been dumped inside it, and 15 small packaged bags of marijuana and cash in a closet.

All those detained lived at the Lantana Rd. address except for one who provided police with a Baxter address. The suspects ranged in ages 18 to 40.

Investigation is continuing.


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