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December 13, 2010

More drug arrests over weekend

Athens — Henderson County Sheriff’s Department officers continued work on drug offenses over the weekend with three arrests resulting from traffic stops.

The first occurred early Friday when a 56-year-old man was stopped leaving a suspected game room on U.S. Highway 175. William Ricky George, 56, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended. He was released after posting $9,500 bond.

HCSO reports said Deputy John Long was performing a security check on a the Precinct 2 county barn when he saw a blue SUV with a defective license plate light.

Long saw the vehicle turn right onto County Road 2904 and made a stop. Long identified the driver as George, who told him he did not currently have his license.

When Long learned that the license was suspended, he arrested George and began to inventory the vehicle. The search revealed several items that are known to be used in clandestine methamphetamine labs. Long also discovered a digital scale that contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Reports said Long also recovered $4,383 in cash from inside the pocket of George’s jeans at the time of t he arrest.

Later Friday, near the same location, Sgt. Bradley Gray made a traffic stop on County Road 2919 on a vehicle with an obstructed license plate. The operator of the vehicle, Jerry Lynn Cannon, 38, was found to operating the vehicle with a suspended license. Gray searched the vehicle an found a substance believed to be methamphetamine in the passenger seat.

Edward Scott Longbine, 52, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was found to be in possession of a small quantity of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine.

Cannon and Longbine were each booked into jail. Cannon posted $2,000 bond and was released. Longbine was released after posting a bond of $7,500.

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