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2 men arrested in Sweetwater drug bust

Two Tennessee men are facing drug charges after police raided a home in Sweetwater on July 7. The defendants are accused of having methamphetamine and marijuana in their possession.

According to media reports, narcotics officers from the Sweetwater Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the house of a male Sweetwater resident. Upon entering the home, officers located the resident named in the warrant, age 33, and two other men in a bedroom. The resident allegedly had three bags of suspected marijuana, an unnamed quantity of loose marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and cash sitting near him in the room. Officers also allegedly found suspected methamphetamine in a green container and additional cash in the resident's wallet. Marks on some of the cash showed it came from Monroe County's drug fund.

The resident reportedly admitted that the marijuana and cash belonged to him, but he claimed the meth belonged to someone else. Officers also allegedly found meth and drug paraphernalia in the possession of another man in the bedroom. The resident was charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. The second man, a 59-year-old Sweetwater resident, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Individuals charged with drug possession could face incarceration and fines. However, a criminal defense attorney could review the case and work to build a defense against the allegations. For instance, if an attorney discovers that police violated a defendant's rights during the search that led to the seizure of the drugs, the case could be thrown out of court. In other circumstances, legal counsel could also negotiate for a plea deal that reduces the charges and penalties.

Source: Citizen Tribune, "Two arrested in Sweetwater drug bust", Michael Thomason, July 12, 2018

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