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June 28, 2011

Drug arrests

Meth, marijuana allegedly recovered in car, home

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office continued to patrol for drug offenders, and made three arrests Sunday and Monday.

One man was arrested after a traffic stop in Cherokee Shores Sunday afternoon. Billy Jack Lewis, 52, of Gun Barrel City was booked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was released from custody, Monday, after posting $7,500 bond.

Sheriff’s Office reports indicate Lewis was at the wheel of a Dodge 4-door vehicle, Sunday afternoon when Dep.  Kenny Collard stopped the vehicle for a minor traffic violation on Choctaw.

Collard spoke with Lewis, and saw a large-sharpened curved blade with a handle placed in the drivers side door panel. Thinking there might be more weapons in the car, Collard asked Lewis to step outside.

Reports indicate that Collard ran a routine check of Lewis’ criminal history, and discovered that he had a suspended driver’s license and multiple offenses on his record. The deputy requested and was granted consent to search the car, where he discovered a small canister with a screw-on lid that contained a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Collard took Lewis into custody, and transported him to the detention center.

HCSO also recorded two arrests Monday morning while attempting to serve a felony parole violation warrant in the Bushwhacker subdivision, near Payne Springs.

John David Youngblood, 30, of Malakoff was booked for parole violation and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He remained in jail, Tuesday, without bond on the parole violation. Bond on the marijuana possession charge was set at $3,500.

Margie Elizabeth McCarley, 53, of Malakoff was changed with possession of less then two ounces of marijuana,  and released after posting $3,500 bond.

At about 7:15 a.m., Warrant Officer Billy Jack Valentine, Capt. Bryan Tower, Sgt. Mitch Baker, Dep.  Kyle Pocobradsky and Dep. Kevin Adair arrived at a residence on Sunny Lane to look for John David Youngblood. As the officers served the warrant, they discovered some marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view.

Reports said the deputies asked for consent to search further, which was denied. Maj. Botie Hillhouse completed an affidavit to search and an arrest warrant which were presented to Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams. The deputies then executed the warrant.

The extended search revealed more marijuana located in the bedroom of the residence. McCarley and Youngblood were arrested at the scene and tranported to the justice center.


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