Hawkins school zone traffic stop nets cocaine, weapon

Jeff Bobo • Aug 13, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Gate City man who was allegedly found with an ounce of cocaine and a handgun Tuesday during a traffic stop in Church Hill was jailed on drug trafficking charges and may also face federal charges.

Bobby Rex Glasgow, 44, 492 E. Jackson St., Gate City, was stopped by Church Hill police Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. on North Central Avenue.

Church Hill Police Department Detective Dustin Dean told the Times-News Wednesday that Glasgow was driving 49 mph in a 20 mph school zone near Carters Valley Elementary School and also crossed a yellow line to pass another vehicle.

“He said he didn’t realize there was a school there,” Dean said.

Upon being stopped, it was determined that Glasgow was a convicted habitual motor offender and his license was suspended.

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Glasgow to be in possession of approximately one ounce of powder cocaine, which has a street value of nearly $3,000.

He was also allegedly found in possession of an unspecified amount of marijuana, pills and a handgun.

Church Hill police charged Glasgow with violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act, speeding 49 in a 20 mph school zone, passing on a double yellow line, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed, and possession of Schedule III narcotics for resale.

Glasgow remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

Dean said he was contacted by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Greeneville Wednesday about potential federal charges being placed against Glasgow as well.

As a convicted felon allegedly in possession of a gun during the commission of a felony drug crime, Glasgow would be eligible to be charged with serious federal crimes. No official action had been taken on those federal charges as of Wednesday evening, however.

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