ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County drug suspects pulled into the Rogersville Sonic restaurant Friday afternoon and ordered meals for themselves but not for the 9-year-old child who was with them.
By the time their Sonic visit was over, however, the suspects were on their way to jail, and according to police, the child received two complimentary meals from Sonic.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater said the boy was apparently hungry because he finished both “combo meals” by himself.
Hawkins County deputies have been staking out the area recently due to complaints of illegal drug transactions taking place there.
During a Friday afternoon investigation, deputies reportedly received a tip about a maroon GMC minivan that was in the parking lot with occupants who were allegedly intoxicated and in possession of controlled substance medications.
The couple had already placed an order for themselves, failing to order food for the child, when officers approached the vehicle and identified the female driver as Mary M. Lopez, 47, 122 Flatwood Lane, Rogersville, and male passenger Oscar Gary Osborne, 62, 452 Hickory Cove Road, Rogersville.
The 9-year-old boy in the back seat was identified as a relative of Lopez. Gillenwater said the child “didn’t know where his mother was” and Lopez was watching him.
“During the initial conversation with both occupants, both were observed to appear somewhat impaired on controlled substance medications,” Gillenwater said. “Ms. Lopez admitted to narcotics officers that she was in possession of Oxycodone, Valium, and Carisoprodol, which is the generic form of Soma. Mr. Osborne also admitted to being in possession of Oxycodone and Valium.”
Upon searching Lopez’s purse, deputies allegedly found a pill holder containing the drugs Lopez admitted to possessing. Gillenwater said she was unable to provide a prescription for any of the controlled substances and stated that someone had given them to her.
An unlabeled prescription pill bottle was then allegedly located in Osborne’s pocket that contained Oxycodone pills and two different forms of Valium pills.
Lopez was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Osborne was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics and two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics.
Gillenwater said he sought to charge them with child neglect as well but was told by the attorney general’s office the charges weren’t applicable in this case.
The child was placed in the custody of out-of-state relatives by the Department of Child Services. Gillenwater said these relatives can provide the child a safe environment.
Lopez and Osborne were lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $20,000 bond. Lopez is awaiting a June 18 arraignment date and Osborne is awaiting a June 27 arraignment.