Domestic call ends in cocaine charge for Surgoinsville man

Jeff Bobo • Feb 26, 2007 at 11:45 AM

ROGERSVILLE - What started as a domestic disturbance call for Rogersville police Monday afternoon resulted in a cocaine trafficking arrest that could mean major prison time for the suspect.

That's because the suspect, Ronnie Edward "Cotton" Seals, 50, 220 Bray Road, Surgoinsville, was already on parole for a cocaine trafficking conviction in 2005 and was also free on bond stemming from a cocaine trafficking raid on his residence in December.

Adding to Seals' troubles is a handgun charge that was also placed against him Monday, which could mean a federal weapons charge.

The Rogersville Police Department was dispatched on a domestic disturbance complaint at the Terrace Apartments, 805 W. Broadway St., No. 14, shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.

The apartment was occupied by Lori Ann Davis, 32, and a boyfriend who reportedly started the disturbance because he was upset over Seals allegedly conducting a drug deal at the apartment with another man. Neighbors called police after hearing the disturbance.

Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said when officers arrived they observed Davis peak out the window at them and then run away. Seals and the boyfriend were reportedly still in the apartment as well but didn't open the door for several minutes.

When officers did finally enter into the apartment they found Davis hiding in a closet. At that time Davis allegedly admitted that Seals was using her apartment to sell drugs.

Nelson said a search of the apartment revealed a lock box allegedly belonging to Seals which contained about 3 grams of cocaine, 12 Lortab pills, about 2 ounces of marijuana packaged for resale, a .25-caliber handgun and $778 in cash.

Seals had allegedly conducted a drug deal in the apartment with a man who left before police arrived. Police have information about that man and will investigate further, Nelson said.

Davis was charged with maintaining a dwelling in which narcotics are kept or sold.

Seals was charged with possession of cocaine for resale, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a prohibited weapon during the commission of a felony.

Nelson said federal officials will also be contacted about Seals being in possession of a gun as a convicted felon, which is a federal offense.

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