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HCSO K-9 helps find baggy of meth in suspect's bra

Jeff Bobo • Updated Sep 4, 2017 at 2:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport couple are facing meth trafficking and other charges thanks to HCSO K-9 Bak, who helped detect a baggy of meth in the female suspect’s bra last weekend.

Shortly after 10 p.m., HCSO Deputy Wesley Seals conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Nissan Sentra in the eastbound lane of Highway 11-W in Church Hill for having a tail light out the night of Aug. 25.

The driver, Michael Duane Ford II, 42, 304 Kincaid St., had no proof of insurance.

Seals stated in his report that Ford and his passenger, Chanda Lee Seals, 41, 4101 Bloomingdale Road, were making “suspicious movements,” which prompted Seals to ask for permission to search the vehicle.

Ford denied permission, at which time Seals’ K-9 partner Bak was brought out.

Bak alerted on the vehicle, at which time Lawson admitted she had a baggy containing 0.9 grams of meth in her bra.

Lawson also allegedly had a small amount of marijuana, a glass pipe, and several gram-size empty baggies in her purse.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found three additional baggies of meth containing a total of 1.7 grams, 3.5 oxycodone pills and digital scales.

Neither Ford nor Lawson admitted to ownership of the drugs or paraphernalia.

Both were charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ford was additionally charged with light law violation and no insurance, and Lawson was also charged with simple possession of marijuana.

As of Thursday night, both were being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $15,000 each pending an appearance in Sessions Court set for Aug. 30.                                   

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