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HCSO: Pedestrian who admitted he ‘shot up’ was carrying morphine stash, syringes

October 15th, 2013 8:14 pm by Jeff Bobo

HCSO: Pedestrian who admitted he ‘shot up’ was carrying morphine stash, syringes


ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office allegedly seized morphine pills with an approximate street value of $3,000 Sunday morning from a man walking along Lee Valley Road.

The man, identified as Paul Edgar Bledsoe, 39, 239 Dogwood Lane, Whitesburg, was also allegedly found with several syringes and admitted to deputies that he’d just “shot up” minutes before their arrival.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, HCSO deputies Reba Matthews and Josh Byrd responded to a complaint of a suspicious man walking along Lee Valley Road in far southwest Hawkins County.

Matthews stated in her report that she observed Bledsoe to be “making strange movements” and to be “disoriented.” 

Upon speaking to Bledsoe, the deputies determined he was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

“Mr. Bledsoe stated he had several needles in his right front pocket,” Matthews said. “Deputy Byrd found four syringes and a pill bottle containing 32 round bluish pills with ‘100’ imprinted on one side and ‘ABG’ imprinted on the other side, believed to be 100 milligram morphine tablets. Mr. Bledsoe stated he had shot up the drug minutes before our arrival.” 

Bledsoe also allegedly admitted that the pills were morphine and that he didn’t have a prescription.

HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater told the Times-News that 100 milligram morphine tablets sell on the street for between $80 and $100 each.

Bledsoe was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

As of Tuesday, Bledsoe remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment Wednesday in General Sessions Court.

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