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Man passed out in parking lot allegedly had half-ounce of meth in cup holder

Jeff Bobo • May 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Sneedville man found passed out in his vehicle with the door open at the Rogersville Tractor Supply store Saturday evening reportedly had more than a half-ounce of meth in plain view in the cup holder.

When Rogersville Police Department Officers George Henry and Mark Cook responded to the complaint in the store parking lot, they reportedly found Curtis Paul Kinsler, 30, 2700 Panther Creek Road, slumped over in his 2012 Chevy Traverse.

Officers also observed meth in plain view in the cup holder, at which time they woke Kinsler.

Kinsler reportedly stated that he did not use meth.

At that point, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Lawson was dispatched to the scene.

The vehicle was searched and three baggies of meth recovered with an overall weight of 16.9 grams, which has a street value of almost $1,700.

Police also located six green pills believed to be clonazepam, one peach colored pill believed to be buprenorphine, a pipe, a set of digital scales, and five empty baggies typically used for packaging meth for sale.

On Monday, Kinsler was arraigned in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

At the time of his arrest, Kinsler was free on $5,000 bond for multiple traffic charges from last November including DUI second offense. That bond was revoked and Kinsler was ordered held without bond pending his next court date May 30. 

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