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Craigslist ad sparks drug, precious metals arrests

May 7th, 2013 1:59 pm by Rain Smith

Craigslist ad sparks drug, precious metals arrests

Dustin Cade

A posting on Craigslist seeking gold and silver has prompted a Gray man's arrest, according to police, as he never asked an undercover officer for identification when buying a gold ring in Kingsport.

He and a female also face narcotic charges in the incident, after pills, paraphernalia and a drug ledger were allegedly located in their vehicle.

Dustin R. Cade, 27, of 254 Buttermilk Road, was arrested Monday afternoon by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. The suspect's alleged online ad —  which stated "No ID No problem" — is in violation of Tennessee law, requiring purchasers of any precious metals to obtain and document identification from the seller. The legislation was enacted to curb and combat the theft and sale of stolen materials.

After discovering Cade's alleged ad on Craigslist investigators arranged to meet him in the parking lot of Perkins on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. An arrest report says Cade tested a ring to verify it was gold, then bought it from the detective for $25. When he didn't make the undercover officer provide identification or sign for the transaction, he was placed under arrest.

Police say Cade attempted to provide a false name to police, prompting an additional charge of identity theft. A female who had reportedly driven Cade to the location, Jodie D. Reed, 24, of Hilbert Circle, Jonesborough, was detained after a check of her license revealed it was revoked.

Police say they located Xanax and drug paraphernalia in Cade's pocket. A search of he and Reed's vehicle reportedly discovered five Suboxone, a small amount of marijuana and two metal smoking pipes.

An arrest report says a ledger was also found in the vehicle, containing the names of individuals, pills and dollar amounts. Approximately $500 in cash was seized from the pair, with investigators believing it to be the proceeds of drug sales.

Cade and Reed were arrested and charged with schedule II and schedule IV drug violations, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cade also faces the charges of failure to record the purchase of scrap jewelry or precious metals.

Both were transported to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville.

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