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.
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.
On Sept. 5, two Tennessee residents were taken into police custody after they were accused of being in possession of large amounts of cocaine and heroin. The individuals were identified as a 31-year-old Nashville woman and her 48-year-old mother.
Individuals who find themselves facing criminal drug charges following a traffic stop may be interested in knowing about a case that is unfolding in Tennessee. On Aug. 27, law enforcement officials took a Rogersville woman into custody on possession of methamphetamine and other charges. She was initially stopped because her vehicle registration was expired.
When a crime occurs, police in Tennessee and other areas of the country often rely on eyewitnesses to help them determine who committed the crime. However, many people's views are often skewed due to the shock of an unexpected event. Despite this, police say they were able to track down a man who they believe committed drug crimes, among others, based on eyewitness testimony.