CARTERS VALLEY — A Rogersville woman accused of acting as "middle man" during an alleged illegal oxycodone and morphine transaction Thursday was arrested during a traffic stop on a drug trafficking charge.
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Josh Byrd reportedly spotted a 1996 Toyota Tacoma traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on East Carters Valley Road just north of Church Hill.
As Byrd initiated a traffic stop, he reportedly observed the Tacoma turn onto Woodland Lane and turn its lights off. As Byrd reached the vehicle, he observed a woman identified as Kaitlynn Alise Lyons, 22, 285 Magnolia Ave., Rogersville, getting into the passenger side of the vehicle.
The woman in the driver's side, Andrea Joyce Inman, 41, 151 Glendale Drive, Church Hill, initially stated she had turned onto Woodland Lane because Lyons was sick and she "accidentally" turned the truck lights off.
Upon further questioning, both woman allegedly admitted that Lyons, whose driver's license is revoked, was driving and they had tried to swap places when they realized they were being pulled over.
A search of the truck and women was conducted, at which time deputies allegedly found five 10-milligram oxycodone pills and two 60-milligram morphine pills in Inman's purse.
Initially, Inman claimed Lyons bought the pills without Inman's knowledge.
Meanwhile, Lyons said the pills belonged to Inman.
Eventually both woman came up with identical stories.
"Inman stated she had contacted Lyons earlier in the day and requested Lyons locate some pills because of (Inman) being in pain," Byrd stated in his report. "Inman met Lyons at the Church Hill McDonald's ... and both subjects then left in the 1996 Toyota Tacoma. Lyons drove Inman to an unknown location and purchased the narcotics."
Byrd added, "Lyons stated to officers that Inman gave her $65 to purchase the pills. Lyons stated she purchased the pills at the location."
The two women were on their way back when the traffic stop occurred.
Inman was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics and was released on $500 bond.
Lyons was charged with delivery of Schedule II narcotics, a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years in prison, as well as speeding and driving on a revoked license.
Lyons was previously arrested on April 2 on a failure-to-appear warrant from an earlier charge of driving on a suspended license.
She was released on April 2 on $500 bond, and upon being arrested on the felony drug charge Thursday, was released again Friday on $500 bond.
Lyons is schedule to appear in Sessions Court on the drug charge on June 2.