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Police: Call about drugs in backpack leads to bath salts charges

July 29th, 2013 4:51 pm by Nick Shepherd

Police: Call about drugs in backpack leads to bath salts charges

William A. Ward and Amber L. Calhoun

KINGSPORT — Two people were arrested on drug charges after a complaint about a man carrying drugs in a backpack at a local motel, according to police. 

William A. Ward, 33, 1609 Christians Bend Road, Church Hill, was charged with possession of Schedule I drugs for resale, possession of Schedule VI drugs for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.   Amber L. Calhoun, 32, 1708 East Stone Drive, was charged with possession of Schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The incident began on July 27 when law enforcement officers were dispatched to the West Side Inn, 1017 West Stone Drive, to investigate a complaint about a man carrying narcotics in a backpack. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they determined the man, later identified as Ward, was in room 113. 

When officers knocked on the door and announced their presence, Ward allegedly went out the back door in an attempt to escape, where he was confronted by officers, the police report stated.  

Officers ordered him to stop, but Ward ignored their commands. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. 

Ward was found to be in possession of 10 grams of a white rock substance believed to be bath salts. Ward was also found to be in possession of items commonly used to package and distribute narcotics, pills, marijuana, a pipe used to smoke marijuana, as well as $407, a cell phone and a laptop computer, according to the police report.

Room 113 had been rented to Calhoun, who was located at the scene. Calhoun was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and a white rock substance believed to be bath salts, according to the police report.


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