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Man nabbed with pills, syringes at Hawkins church faces drug trafficking charge

August 25th, 2013 1:30 pm by Jeff Bobo

Man nabbed with pills, syringes at Hawkins church faces drug trafficking charge

T.J. Bernard

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man found parked behind a church south of Rogersville last week is facing drug charges after deputies allegedly found him in possession of 30 oxycodone pills and two syringes.

Late Tuesday night, deputies with the HCSO Narcotics Unit were conducting drug interdiction efforts in the Burem and Beech Creek area, which involves intense traffic enforcement during times when drugs are suspected of being transported.

During the operation, narcotics officers observed a white Chevrolet pickup truck driven by T.J. Bernard Jr., 45, 2238 Beech Creek Road, Rogersville, parked behind New Hope Church. 

“Mr. Bernard stated that he was sitting there to meet with another individual,” said Sheriff Ronnie Lawson. “Narcotics officers asked Mr. Bernard if he was illegally possessing any controlled substances, at which time he stated ‘no’. During further investigation, Mr. Bernard was found to be in possession of a pill bottle, containing 30 oxycodone pills, which is a Schedule II controlled substance and is commonly referred to as ‘Roxys’.” 

Deputies also determined that Bernard didn’t have a prescription for the oxycodone.  

Bernard was also allegedly found to be in possession of a small leather bag containing two used syringes and several cotton Q-Tips, which is commonly used as a filtering device when pulling the medication into the syringe. 

He was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Bernard’s truck was seized by the HCSO.


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