ROGERSVILLE - The
Rogersville City Park is off limits for drug traffic and drug dealers, that is the message
authorities want to make clear. The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics
Unit made two drug related arrests last week in the park based on complaints to the Narcotics Unit
as well as the Rogersville Police Department. Jordan Lee Tramill, 19, 307
South Armstrong Street, Rogersville, and Salvador Miguel Miller, 19, of the same address, were
charged Thursday with possession of Salvia Divinorum-A (Synthetic Marijuana) and
littering. According to Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, during the evening hours of
November 8, officers of the HCSO Narcotics Unit were conducting surveillance in the
Rogersville City Park when officers reportedly observed a black Saturn reportedly involved in a
littering incident. "The vehicle was approached by narcotics officers after
the occupants of the vehicle littered an assortment of trash into the city park parking lot," with
the occupants identified as Tramill and Miller. As narcotics officers were
speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, "an odor that is consistent to burning synthetic
marijuana (Salvia Divinorum-A)" allegedly could be smelled coming from the vehicle.
"Narcotics officers then observed a purple container of synthetic marijuana lying in plain
view on the center console of the vehicle," according to Sheriff Ronnie Lawson.
Narcotics officers then recovered the illegal substance from the vehicle. Inside the
container, HCSO narcotics officers recovered an additional four packages of the synthetic marijuana.
The specific synthetic marijuana contains the illegal chemical compound identified as Salvia
Divinorum-A. Both individuals were placed in custody and later transported to
the Hawkins County Jail. Both are awaiting a November 14 court date.
According to Lawson, HCSO narcotics agents and the Rogersville Police Department have joined
forces in efforts to eradicate the park of illegal drug use and sales. "The
park is there for families and children to utilize and enjoy themselves without having to be exposed
to these illegal and potentially harmful happenings," Lawson said. As a
reminder to anyone potentially taking part in this illegal activity in the city park, anyone caught
selling or distributing any controlled substances of any kind on the property of the Rogersville
City Park, will also be charged with Violation of the Tennessee Drug Free School Zone Act, Lawson
said. The sheriff added that this is an enhancement factor to the distribution of the
controlled substance charges which can result in a defendant having to pull 100 percent of their
jail sentence, instead of the standard range-one offender sentence of 30 percent.
"Simply because you don't see a marked police car in the park, don't
take for granted there aren't any drug enforcement officers present. Anyone with information
regarding drug trafficking in the city park, or anywhere else, is urged to report this illegal
activity to the HCSO Narcotics Unit or the Rogersville Police Department who will provide a joint
effort to eliminate these concerns in the park," Lawson said. "Your information can be
obtained anonymously and accurate information from the public is a valuable asset to our drug
enforcement efforts. Your observations and information are important to us."
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