Sage Cash, Amanda Norton and James Cash
BULLS GAP — Three people were accused of meth trafficking Sunday evening after Hawkins County deputies allegedly found methamphetamine packaged for resale during a traffic stop for an expired tag in Bulls Gap.
During that traffic stop police allegedly found one of the passengers holding a smoldering marijuana pipe.
That passenger, James Hayward Cash, 25, 180 Dogwood Circle, Bulls Gap, allegedly admitted he was aware that his brother sells meth and was accompanying him to “do a deal.”
Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dollar General Store, the HCSO Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Sage Andrew Cash, 22, 190 Dogwood Circle, Bulls Gap, after observing the vehicle’s registration had expired.
Detective Stephen Armstrong stated in his report that when the occupants rolled down their windows, a strong odor of marijuana emitted from the interior. Deputies also allegedly observed hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and drug paraphernalia in plain view throughout the vehicle.
A computer check revealed that Sage Cash’s driver’s license was revoked. While he was being placed in a patrol car under arrest, he allegedly attempted to flee but was recaptured following a foot chase.
A search of the vehicle by deputies allegedly found meth packaged in four small baggies for a total approximate weight of 1.4 grams, as well as several Alprazolam pills and about 10.5 grams of marijuana.
Sage Cash was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, escape, possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, and registration violation. He was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $250,000 bond pending arraignment Monday in General Sessions Court.
James Cash was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a party to the meth delivery. He was being held on $100,000 bond pending arraignment Monday.
A third occupant of the vehicle, Amanda Marlene Norton, 23, of Greeneville, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held on $250,000 bond pending arraignment Monday.