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Running out of gas leads to drug arrests for three in Kingsport

November 14th, 2013 3:49 pm by Nick Shepherd

Running out of gas leads to drug arrests for three in Kingsport

Tonya Gideon, Johnny White and Deborah Begley

Three people were arrested for drug possession after a Kingsport police officer stopped to help a vehicle that had run out of gas, according to a police report. 

The incident began when a KPD officer spotted a 1999 Chevorlet Malibu on the side of the road on John B. Dennis Highway. The officer stopped to offer assitance and learned from three occupants, later learned to be Deborah Begley, Tonya Gideon and Johnny White, that the vehicle had run out of gas. 

After speaking with White more, the officer noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Three straws were also visible from his pocket, the report stated. 

KPD Vice Unit was called and the incident was further investigated. A search of the vehicle turned up a small black pouch that contained a white rock substance, which the report stated is believed to be the new drug, 'gravel.' A set of digital scales was also located in the back seat. 

No one would claim ownership of the contraband and all three were arrested and transported to the city jail. 

After arriving at the jail, White and Begley were found to have additional contraband. Begley acknowleged she had a Subutex pill in her bra and White revealed he had a marijuna cigarette hidden in his hat and a pipe, commonly used to smoke marijuana, in his boot, according to the report. 

Begley, 39, 866 West Carters Valley Road, Lot #2, was charged with possession of a controlled substance analogue for resale, simple possession of a schedue III drug, introduction of a contraband into a penal facility and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. 

Gideon,35, 4805 Highway 11W, Lot #15, Blountville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance analogue for resale and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. 

White, 44, 148 Virginia Street, was charged with possesssion of a controlled substance analogue for resale, Simple possession of a schedule VI drug, introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. 


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