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Park patrols increased

Published: 10:21 AM, 11/16/2012 Last updated: 10:41 AM, 11/16/2012

Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
News Editor

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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