ROGERSVILLE-Hawkins County Sheriff Department officials made
three arrests over the weekend that consistently helped to get drugs and drug paraphernalia off of the
streets of Hawkins County.
The first arrest came last Thursday when the Narcotics Unit of
the Sheriff's Department conducted an investigation in the Speedwell Road area of Hawkins County.
According to a press release, officers observed a 1999 Red GMC Suburban sitting in the parking
lot of Speedwell Church.
As officers approached the vehicle, the driver, Michael Lee Norris
was asked if he possessed any illegal substances. He then produced marijuana "roaches" from his
vehicle, which are partially burnt marijuana cigarettes. After obtaining Norris' consent, officers
searched his vehicle and found 30 milligrams of Oxycodone and a metal tin, which contained more
marijuana and hand rolled marijuana cigarettes. Several items were also located in the vehicle,
including cut straws and razor blades, which are considered drug paraphernalia.
placed Norris in custody and charged him with Posession of Schedule II(Oxycodone), Marijuana (less
than 1/2 ounce and Drug Paraphernalia. He is currently free on $3,000 bond.
officials made two more substantial drug arrests. Through a Narcotics Unit investigation, Sheriff's
Office officials were led to Chad Anthony Wilhelm, 26, 207 Hidden Valley Drive, Rogersville.
Officials received information that Wilhelm would be transporting methamphetamine eastbound on Highway
11W. Around 11 a.m. Sunday morning, officers saw a vehicle matching Wilhelm's vehicle description and
as an officer approached from the rear, the vehicle began to weave across the lanes. After
stopping the vehicle, the officers confirmed the driver was Wilhelm.
"Mr. Chad Anthony Wilhelm
consented to a search of his person, at which time officers located a baggie containing approximately
one gram of methamphetamine from his pocket," according to a press release. Officers also found a
bag containing Xanax, Clonazempam, and Suboxone in the same pocket.
Officers placed Wilhelm
in custody and after a search of the vehicle,additional methamphetamine and a partially burnt
marijuana cigarette, as well as rolling papers were recovered from the vehicle. Wilhelm was taken to
Hawkins County Jail and charged with Possession of Schedule I, III, and IV, as well as Possession of
Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. He is currently free on$25,000.
In another separate event,
Deputy Jeff Hilton conducted a traffic stop on a1990 Toyota Pick Up truck for speeding on Melinda
Ferry Road in Hawkins County.The owner Clyde Thomas Miller, 34 222 Oak Street, Surgoinsville,
consented to a search of his vehicle, during which Deputy Hilton located a bag. According to the press
release, the bag contained "three individual baggies of a green plant-like material believed to be
The officer also located pipes, scales, rolling papers and a pill crusher in the
vehicle. Miller was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to
Deliver, Schedule III (Hyrdrocodone, Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Tennessee Drug Control Act.
He is currently free of $5,000 bond.
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