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Increased patrol of Cherokee Lake access road results in meth arrest

September 30th, 2013 9:02 pm by Jeff Bobo

Increased patrol of Cherokee Lake access road results in meth arrest

Matthew Charles Burchett

MOORESBURG — In response to complaints of drug activity near a Cherokee Lake access road in Mooresburg, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently stepped up patrols in that area, resulting in a meth arrest Saturday afternoon.

Substation Road is a dead end leading to Cherokee Lake in the Mooresburg community of far western Hawkins County. 

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Monday that drug complaints from that area recently centered on activities that take place at the end of Substation Road.

HCSO Deputy Mark Harrell was patrolling that area Saturday afternoon when he reportedly observed a red Chevrolet Blazer pulling out near the dead end. 

Harrell reportedly stepped from his patrol car, at which time the vehicle stopped and the driver  spoke with Harrell.

The driver was identified as Matthew Charles Burchett, 22, 110 Coward Road, Mooresburg.

“Mr. Burchett allegedly appeared extremely anxious and nervous during his brief conversation with Deputy Harrell, and he was determined to have a suspended driver’s license,” Lawson said. “Mr. Burchett then opened the passenger door in order to retrieve the vehicle’s registration, at which time Deputy Harrell observed a loaded syringe lying beside the passenger seat.”

Lawson said a small plastic baggy containing an off-white powder-like substance believed to be meth was allegedly found in Burchett’s pocket, along with a piece of a cigarette filter, which is commonly used as a filter for intravenous drug use. 

Burchett allegedly admitted that the baggy from his pocket and the loaded syringe both contained meth.

He was charged with possession of meth, possession of meth while driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. 

As of Monday Burchett remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond due to being free on bond from a different county at the time of his arrest Saturday.


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