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April 23, 2014

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Traffic stops result in more drug charges

Last updated: 5:05 PM, 08/03/2009
 


Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
Staff Writer (wgrubb@xtn.net)

ROGERSVILLE-A pair of routine and unrelated traffic stops by a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper resulted in three individuals being arrested on drug related charges, including a Rogersville man who was indicted last month by a Hawkins County Grand Jury.

Jason R. Frazier, 23, 131 Henards Chapel Road, was charged with possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of schedule VI drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia following a May 28 traffic stop by Trooper James Harville.

Frazier was named in a multi-count indictment handed down earlier in May by a grand jury in connection with a November 2003 drug raid in which authorities reported finding more than four pounds of marijuana.

Frazier, and Erin B. Lawson, 21, who had an address of 301 Highway 70N listed on the indictment, were each indicted on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of schedule IV controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to authorities, the November 23, 2003 raid at the Highway 70N address was based on information from a confidential informant.

Court records indicate the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit reported finding 1,957 grams of marijuana, which authorities said had an approximate street value of $7,500, 200 Diazepam tablets, scales, pipes, rolling papers, a handgun and $640 in cash.

According to a report filed by Harville the more recent charges were filed following a traffic stop of a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 for a possible window tint violation.

The vehicle was driven by Erin Lawson and Frazier was a passenger.

"As he (Frazier) exited the vehicle a pipe fell to the ground. A hand rolled marijuana cigarette was in his underwear. Two pills identified as being Alprazolam, a schedule IV drug were found in his left sock," Harville's report states.

Lawson, 208 Hidden Valley, Rogersville, was charged with violation of vehicle registration, fifth offense driving on a revoked license and criminal impersonation, because she reportedly gave the trooper a different name, birth day and social security number.

The pair have not yet had a preliminary hearing in Hawkins County General Sessions court on the most recent charges but both are scheduled to appear July 2 in Hawkins County Criminal Court on the charges listed in the indictment.

As a result of a June 1 traffic stop by Tropper Harville, Russell L. Greene, 29, 837 Broken Valley Road, Thorn Hill and Roddie Trent, 33, 170 Mountain Cove Drive, Mooresburg were each charged with attempt to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia (Ephedrine) and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Greene's arrest report states he was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Berretta and Trent was a passenger when Harville stopped the vehicle for failure to yield the right-of-way on Highway 31.

Greene was issued a warning for the traffic offense but that he then consented to a search of the vehicle.

According to Sheriff Warren Rimer, based on materials Harville observed during his search the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit was called for assistance.

Officers reported finding a cylinder containing anhydrous ammonia, starter fluid, Ephedrine pills, hoses, blister packs, a funnel, gloves and other items only identified as paraphernalia.

Both men posted a $15,000 bond and were released from the Hawkins County Jail.

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