Three arrested for meth at Phipps Bend plant parking lot

Jeff Bobo • Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 12:46 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — Three employees of a Phipps Bend Industrial Park factory were arrested last week after two were caught apparently after smoking marijuana in the parking lot, and a search resulted in meth being seized.

On Dec. 11 shortly after 1 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint of a man lying in the grass at Ware Manufacturing claiming he was going to kill people at the company.

When deputes arrived at the company, they reportedly observed two males who quickly got out of a vehicle when they noticed police had arrived.

Deputy Reba Matthews stated in her report that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the green 2000 Chevy Cavalier that the men had been inside.

The men were identified as Ware employees Jason Anthony Higgins, 40, of Fall Branch, and Joshua Paul Light, 27, 1260 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill.

Deputy Wesley Seals and K-9 Officer "Bak" responded to the parking lot after Light and Higgins refused to give consent to search.

With the assistance of Bak, deputies reportedly seized a bag containing about 0.2 grams of meth, a torch with Light's name and initials, and a glass pipe.

Bak also alerted to a pocketbook in the vehicle, which belonged to another Ware employee, Leslie Ann Wallen, 49, 145 Blackberry Lane, Rogersville.

Inside Wallen’s pocketbook, deputies allegedly located a bag containing 0.3 grams of meth. Wallen wasn't present when deputies arrived on the scene.

Light was also observed to be "very lethargic" with slurred speech and had trouble staying awake while deputies spoke to him. Two halves of a Buphemorphine pill were allegedly found in his shirt pocket.

All three were charged with simple possession of meth and possession.

Higgins and Wallen were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Light was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics and public intoxication.

Higgins was also found to have an active arrest warrant in Sullivan County.

All three were arraigned Monday and have been released on $2,000 bond pending their next court date Jan. 10.                      

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