Because of the social stigma attached to sex crimes, those accused of these crimes are looked upon with a certain disgrace that does not accompany other crimes, even though they may be much more brutal and violent. For adults that are charged with sex crimes, the common notion is to lock them away so that the public will be safe.
A 46-year-old man from Decaturville will serve 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Authorities sentenced him after a lengthy investigation produced evidence of his role in distributing methamphetamine. He was convicted of possessing a firearm for drug trafficking purposes and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Tennessee residents might be surprised to learn that there were 1.57 million incidents of people taken into custody in 2016 for violations of drug laws according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. That is an increase of 5.63 percent over 2015, and that number was more than three times higher than for violent crimes in the aggregate. Of those taken into custody, there were 1,330,401 who were detained for drug possession.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that a routine traffic stop for a minor infraction led to a major pursuit in Anderson County on July 30 and a numerous of charges for a 24-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man. The two are facing charges including drug and firearms possession, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, theft, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident. The woman was also cited for several traffic violations including speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle.
Tennessee has yet to get on board with the tide of drug decriminalization that is gaining momentum throughout the country. In fact, earlier this year, the state passed a bill expressly intended to stop any cities from passing local decriminalization measures. If you get caught with drugs on your person, in your vehicle or in your home in Tennessee, you will probably face criminal charges.
In Tennessee, a drug dealer of note is in police custody following a motor vehicle crash on Sept. 13. According to media sources, law enforcement officials have confirmed that the man was detained in Decatur County. Although information about the charges was sketchy, authorities are touting the drug bust as a major incident.