Linda Joyce McClellan
ROGERSVILLE — Tipster information led the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office to an alleged drug deal in a store parking lot last month in Rogersville involving oxycodone pills.
As a result of further investigation an arrest was made Wednesday stemming from that incident.
On Sept. 19 the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received a tip that Linda Joyce McClellan, 49, 135 Cedar Valley Road, Rogersville would be transporting an undetermined amount of narcotics in a white Pontiac Grand Prix to meet with another individual in the area of the Rogersville McDonalds Restaurant, located on Route 66.
According to reports, narcotics officers then observed McClellan driving a white Pontiac Grand Prix, meet with another individual in the Raceway parking lot, which is located beside the McDonalds restaurant.
Narcotics officers then reportedly approached the target vehicle and confirmed the driver was McClellan.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said that while officers were speaking with McClellan, a narcotics officer observed a marijuana cigarette lying in plain view in the vehicle’s ashtray,
“As a narcotics officer discussed the information that had been received with Ms. McClellan, an officer asked Ms. McClellan if she was illegally possessing any additional controlled substances,” Lawson said. “During that time, Ms. McClellan voluntarily produced a small metal container from her pocket, which was determined to contain 19 oxycodone pills. Ms. McClellan was unable to produce a prescription for the oxycodone.”
The pills were seized and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for analysis.
Lawson said that as a result of further investigation it was alleged that McClellan had delivered the oxycodone pills on Sept. 19 with intent to sell them to another individual.
This past Wednesday HCSO narcotics officers arrived at McClellan’s Cedar Valley Road home, in order to serve an arrest warrant.
Lawson said that as officers approached the home McClellan was observed standing inside the residence. At the door officers were met by her son Gary Lynn Webb, 30, same address.
Webb allegedly stated that McClellan was not home and he had no way of contacting her, and no knowledge as to when she would return.
“Mr. Webb was informed that officers had already observed Ms. McClellan inside the home, at which time Mr. Webb stood in the doorway refusing to cooperate with officers,” Lawson said. “Due to Ms. McClellan being observed inside the home, officers having an active warrant, and Mr. Webb continuing to stand in the doorway refusing to cooperate with officers, he was placed in custody.”
McClellan was then served with a warrant inside the home charging her with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and simple possession of marijuana. As of Sunday she remains held in the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Webb was charged with obstruction of legal process and was released on $5,000 bond.