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CHPD school zone traffic stop results in meth trafficking arrest

Jeff Bobo • Apr 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who was stopped for speeding through a school zone in Church Hill Monday was charged with meth trafficking after police allegedly found an undisclosed amount of drugs in his possession, as well as a loaded pistol.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Monday CHPD Officer Dustin Dean reportedly clocked a gray SUV traveling 58 mph in a 25 mph school zone on 11-W near the Tipton Lane intersection.

The driver was identified as Bobby Lee Barker, 36, 123 1/2 Brummitt Street, Rogersville.

Upon being informed he was stopped for speeding in a school zone Barker reportedly stated, "I am sorry. I wasn't paying attention."

Dean discovered Barker was wanted for failure to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Jan. 24 on a misdemeanor assault charge.

"I asked Barker to step from the vehicle and during this time I advised him he was under arrest and placed handcuffs on him," Dean said. During a pat down I discovered a large tin box in his left sock along with two black bags.

"The open bags contained items commonly used at 'meth pipes'. The lid was not fastened on the box and in plain view was a small bag containing several tan pills; a second small bag containing several blue pills; and several empty bags commonly used by drug dealers.

CHPD Officer Ethan Calhoun, who responded as backup to the traffic stop, reportedly observed a yellow colored bag in the door handle of the driver side door which contained a crystal type substance believed to be meth.

Calhoun and Dean observed a plastic bag just below the door handle which was partially covering what appeared to be a pistol in a holster, and Calhoun discovered a Taurus 9 millimeter pistol which was loaded and had a full clip.

"I walked back to my police cruiser to obtain evidence bags and Mr. Barker, who was seated in the rear of my cruiser, stated he needed to talk to me, Dean said. "I opened the door and Barker stated, 'All of that stuff in the car is mine, its not her’s (his passenger’s)'.".

Barker was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver less than 1,000 feet from a school, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, possession of Schedule IV narcotics for resale, speeding in a school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned Wednesday and was being held on $100,000 bond in the Hawkins County Jail pending his next court date on April 25.

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