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HCSO: Woman admits trading pills for mechanical work

January 21st, 2014 6:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

HCSO: Woman admits trading pills for mechanical work

SURGOINSVILLE — A Surgoinsville woman was charged with pill trafficking Friday by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office after her prescription was allegedly found to be 20 pills light a day after it was filled.

Joyce Rena Christian, 31, 341 Smyrna Road, Surgoinsville, allegedly admitted she’d traded the pills in exchange for mechanical work done to her vehicle.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, HCSO Deputy Zachary England conducted a traffic stop on a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Christian for driving left of center.

Christian consented to a search of the vehicle, and England reportedly found a prescription pill bottle for 30 alprazolam in the glove box.

The prescription had been filled the day before, but England said there were only 10 pills left inside the bottle.

Two syringes were also allegedly found in her jacket pocket, and an orange substance folded up in a paper was allegedly found in a pocket of her purse.

HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater responded to the traffic stop and determined that the orange substance was Opana, a highly addictive painkiller.

Christian was charged with possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving left of center.

She was released from the Hawkins County Jail Saturday on $5,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.


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