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Surgoinsville parolee facing new drug charges

May 9th, 2007 1:33 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE - A Surgoinsville man is facing multiple charges after members of the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office allegedly found him intoxicated and passed out in a car parked in a mobile home park on Carters Valley Road with $3,000 worth of cocaine in his pocket.

It was Ronnie Edward "Cotton" Seals third arrest for cocaine trafficking since February.

On Feb. 4 the sheriff's narcotics unit raided Seals' home at 220 Bray Road, Surgoinsville, and allegedly seized seven ounces of cocaine with a street value of approximately $20,000.

During that raid deputies also allegedly seized eight grams of crack cocaine, two ounces of marijuana, 14 hydrocodone pills, five Valiums and $3,300 in cash

Shortly after that arrest, which included several charges including cocaine trafficking, Seals, 50, was released on $20,000 bond.

Seals was on parole from the Tennessee Department of Corrections at the time stemming from a 2005 cocaine trafficking conviction in Hawkins County.

On Feb. 26 Rogersville police, responding to a domestic complaint at an apartment on West Broadway Street, arrested Seals, who was allegedly in possession of 3 grams of cocaine, 12 Lortab pills, about 2 ounces of marijuana packaged for resale, a .25-caliber handgun and $778 in cash. A woman who resided in the apartment told police Seals was using her home to sell drugs.

Aside from another cocaine trafficking charge, Rogersville police also charged Seals with possession of a prohibited weapon during the commission of a felony. For the second arrest, Seals was released on $50,000 bond.

Seals was being held without bond Tuesday following his latest arrest.

Aside from the cocaine that deputies allegedly found in Seals' possession Tuesday he also reportedly had a small metal container that had two types of pill in it.

Overall Tuesday, Seals was charged with two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

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