Teen nabbed on drug charges used fake ID in jail booking

Jeff Bobo • Updated May 30, 2018 at 9:49 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville teen who was allegedly found in possession of meth, pot, pills, "Ecstasy" and about $820 in cash early Saturday morning reportedly used a fake ID to maintain a bogus identity from his arrest through the jail booking process.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office was eventually able to identify Jayson Milton Tunnell, 18, 1767 McKinney Chapel Road, Rogersville, and tacked on perjury, identity theft and two counts of criminal impersonation to his long list of drug trafficking charges and traffic citations.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, HCSO Sgt. Jeremy Nash reportedly observed a 2005 Ford Taurus traveling westbound on Highway 11-W in Rogersville with no light on the license plate.

Upon conducting a traffic stop, Nash found the tag to be expired since May 2016.

The driver, Tunnell, allegedly provided Nash a driver's license with the name "Dylan Cole Tunnell" that matched his physical description.

The license was found to be suspended and a search was conducted on Tunnell, during which a small bag containing four grams of marijuana was allegedly located tucked in his waistband. The search also revealed $820 in cash.

Nash also allegedly located a clear plastic box that contained two small bags of meth totaling .64 grams, two Oxycodone pills, two Ecstasy (MDMA) pills, 30 Gabapentin pills and a snorting straw.

Tunnell reportedly stated he didn't have a job and the cash was seized as alleged proceeds of drug trafficking.

"Jayson told the jail staff that he was Dylan Cole Tunnell throughout the booking process," Nash stated in his report. "Jayson signed all the receiving paperwork as Dylan Cole Tunnell with the intent of assuming his identity and impersonating him to the jail staff. Jayson then signed a seizure notice for the Tennessee Department of Safety for the vehicle he was driving and the money that was eligible for seizure."

Aside from the perjury, identity theft and impersonation charges, Tunnell was charged with possession of Schedule I narcotics (Ecstasy) with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule II narcotics (Oxycodone) with intent to deliver, possession of meth, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, seatbelt violation, unlawful display of registration, no driver license and unlawful removal of registration.

As of Tuesday, he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Wednesday morning in Sessions Court.

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