ROGERSVILLE — Police used cell phone texts and prescription records to charge two Hawkins County men parked at the Stanley Valley Market with drug trafficking Saturday afternoon.
Around 2 p.m. Saturday, HCSO Deputy Reba Matthews observed a green Ford Mustang with expired tags and two male occupants stopped in the Stanley Valley Market parking lot.
The driver was identified as Kenneth Lee Miller Jr., 44, 141 Madeline Lane, Rogersville; and his passenger was Brandon Michael Whitaker, 29, 452 Hickory Cove Road Apt. 4, Rogersville.
Miller reportedly admitted that he had his own prescription drugs in the car. He also produced a straw for snorting drugs and had $140 in cash. Upon checking Miller’s prescriptions, officers reportedly found that his pill count was off.
Detective Jeff Hilton arrived on the scene and found that a prescription bottle filled that morning at 9 a.m. for 15 20-milligram oxycodone only had one pill left as of 2 p.m.
A prescription for 60 15-milligram morphine pills that had been filled that morning was also missing five pills. Hilton stated in his report that Miller admitted he’d “snorted” some oxycodone pills and had given some to his brother.
He was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Whitaker reportedly produced nine unopened packs of suboxone strips from his wallet, as well as one opened pack which contained a partial suboxone strip. Matthews stated that Whitaker was unable to produce a prescription for the suboxone, but he did reportedly consent to a search of his cell phone.
Detective Lynn Campbell stated in his report that the cell phone contained conversations between Whitaker and an unknown person about suboxone, including Whitaker pricing three suboxone strips for $50.
Whitaker was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver. He and Miller are scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions court Wednesday.