The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office reported that officers responded to 3608 Highway 126 in reference to a check welfare call in which two adults were asleep inside a vehicle with a juvenile in the backseat.
When officers arrived, they woke up the driver and passenger and asked them to step out of the vehicle.
Deputy Thomas and his partner, K9 Neeko, responded to the scene and conducted a check of the vehicle. Neeko reportedly alerted to the scent of narcotics, and the vehicle was then searched.
Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly located a small amount of marijuana, 28.5 grams of a crystal rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, 150 Alprazolam pills, eight Suboxone pills, several plastic baggies, a large amount of cash and a 9mm handgun with live ammunition.
During the investigation, officers determined the driver, Michael Rhodes, 25, Piney Flats, was a convicted felon. Officers found $600 in counterfeit cash in his wallet.
Rhodes was charged with possession of Schedule II for resale, Schedule III drug violation, Schedule IV drug violations, possessing unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm during a felony and child endangerment. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.
The passenger, Mariah T. Shipley, 23, Bluff City, was charged with simple possession, possessing unlawful drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. She is being held on a $5,000 bond.