Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Baxter Men Charged With Drug Possession

Drug possession charges are pending against two Baxter men, who were stopped in Cookeville after a police officer noticed that the registration on their car was incorrect. Officer Jimmy Blankenship says both the driver and passenger appeared nervous when being questioned and claims he found a hypodermic needle in the driver's pants, as well as two baggies of an off-white crystal type substance. A pat down search of the passenger allegedly turned up two containers of a leafy green substance, believed to be marijuana. Police say they also turned up other baggies of what they believe to be crystal meth in the car, along with nearly $400 in cash. That money was seized and paperwork was filled out to seize the truck as well. Both suspects were charged with possession of a controlled substance. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Clay Brandon Sherrell was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, while the passenger, 26-year-old Shawn Patrick Gibson was cited for possession of marijuana. The cell phones of both men were seized as evidence because, police say, they contained "possible text messages indicating drug deals."