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Authorities search woman's text messages, charge her with pill trafficking

July 1st, 2013 8:13 pm by Jeff Bobo

Authorities  search woman's text messages,  charge her with pill trafficking

Amber Lee Ann Acuff

SURGOINSVILLE — A Church Hill woman is facing a pill trafficking charge based on revealing text messages and recently filled prescriptions that are almost empty.

Around 8:21 p.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Benton responded to a report of one vehicle following another vehicle on Surgoinsville Creek Road following an altercation at a residence.

The two vehicles were stopped by Surgoinsville officers Zach England and Mitch Hunley at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Surgoinsville Creek Road.

Amber Lee Ann Acuff, 30, 223 Catawba St., Church Hill, was driving a Volkswagen which was one of the vehicles stopped.

Benton, who arrived shortly after the traffic stop, stated that Acuff appeared to be very unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred.

Acuff allegedly admitted that she’d taken her medication, including what she described as “Subutex” and “Xanax.” 

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Acuff to be in possession of a 17-pill Subutex prescription which had been filled two days earlier and now only contained four pills.

Officers allegedly also found Xanax and phenteramine pills in the same pill bottle.

Benton stated in his report that Acuff gave him permission to search her cell phone 

“Numerous incoming and outgoing texts were found that related to the sale and delivery of Subutex and other drugs,” Benton said.

Acuff also reportedly performed “poorly” in a field sobriety test.

She was charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics for resale, violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act, and DUI first offense.

She was arraigned Monday in sessions court and as of Monday evening remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond.


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