Six arrested in drug sting in Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Apr 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — No one likes a pushy salesperson, but when two Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office detectives were approached and offered a baggie of methamphetamine for $150 Friday night in a store parking lot, they couldn’t resist the bargain.

Detectives Cliff Evans and David Benton staked out the parking lot in front of the Big Lots store on Park Boulevard Friday evening. Sheriff Roger Christian said the detectives were in plainclothes and vehicle investigating complaints of drug sales in that parking lot area, where many people congregate in the evening along Park Boulevard.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. two women pulled into the parking lot in a purple Plymouth and approached the detectives.

“One of the women approached my detectives and began talking to them, and she basically told them she could get them anything they wanted (with regards to drugs),” Christian said Monday. “She produced a baggie containing a white powdery substance and told the detectives she could also get them marijuana or Valium. The detectives offered to purchase a quantity of meth for $150, and the exchange was made.

“We had another uniformed officer waiting nearby, and he stopped these woman and placed them under arrest a short time after they left the parking lot.”

The woman who initially approached the detectives was identified as Tonya Lynn Roller, 25, 196 Wallen Town Road, Church Hill. The other woman, who was allegedly holding the meth, was identified as Kimberly Ruth McGhinnis, 37, 1600 E. Main St., Rogersville.

Upon being arrested they were allegedly found in possession of the cash from the detectives, as well as two Valium pills and a small amount of marijuana.

They were both charged with sale and delivery of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The women were stopped and arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store commonly known as The Warrior on East Main Street.

Friday’s drug surveillance operation produced four other arrested including Ricky Lee Horner, 46, 121 Harbor Drive, Mooresburg, who was allegedly identified by a confidential informant Friday around 8:30 p.m. as having a quantity of meth for sale in an older model two-toned Chevrolet Impala at the parking lot of the Sunoco convenience store on Main Street in Rogersville.

Benton, Evans and Sgt. Chad Gillenwater questioned Horner at the store parking lot and obtained consent to search his vehicle, at which time approximately 2 grams of meth were allegedly found hidden in an air vent of the vehicle.

Police said the drugs were packaged in two small baggies, and Horner was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale.

When the detectives made contact with Horner, they observed a vehicle parked next the Horner that contained three occupants. The detectives found a syringe on the ground beside the second vehicle where passenger Adam Cope Tunnell 28, 114 Center St., Rogersville, was seated.

Tunnell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, as was Tina Lynn Arnold, 29, 1035 Locust St., Rogersville, after a syringe was allegedly found in her purse.

The third person in that vehicle, Pauline Beatrice Sweet, 70, 230 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill, was searched and allegedly found in possession of several pills. Sweet was charged with violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.

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