According to an incident report from Kingsport police, Haile O. Dujon, 29, 1625 Harris Ave., was taken to the jail for a strip search after acting suspiciously during a traffic stop.
Police said that when they initially made contact with Dujon, he smelled strongly of marijuana and alcohol and was carrying $3,485 in cash.
Police said Dujon denied having any illicit substances. But during the search, a jailer at the justice center allegedly found three baggies of narcotics hidden within his dreadlocks. One baggie is believed to be marijuana, one contained 11 green pills and another contained 11 pills of different colors.
Dujon was charged with possession of Schedule IV drugs, possession of Schedule IV drugs for resale, possession of Schedule I drugs, possession of Schedule I drugs for resale and the introduction of narcotics into a penal facility.
The police report added that a check of Dujon’s cell phone contained text messages indicating he was involved in the sale and purchase of drugs.
Police were alerted to Dujon and two people he was traveling with after an anonymous call shortly after 3 a.m. The caller said they were at the Waffle House on East Stone Drive, and suspicious of a black male, “displaying a large amount of cash.”
Officers saw the suspects’ vehicle turning into the Shell Station at West Stone Drive and Gibson Mill Road. They stopped the car and during the interview detected the odor of marijuana and alcohol.
The driver of the car, who acknowledged being at the Waffle House, was asked to step from the vehicle and was patted down for weapons. The front passenger, Ashley Nicole Wright, 22, of Abingdon, was also asked to exit the car.
Police say Wright’s purse was left open in the seat, and, “in plain sight was two white pills.” Wright allegedly said the pills were Temadol and she did not have a prescription. She was arrested and charged with public intoxication and possession of a legend drug.
Police said that when Dujon was asked to exit the back seat of the vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet and needed assistance to balance.
When police asked the last time he smoked marijuana, “he just shook his head no,” according to the report.
Dujon’s apparent intoxication — and possession of nearly $3,500 in cash, sorted into $100 increments — prompted his transfer to the jail for a strip search.