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Two men arrested after police find drugs, syringes, 16-year-old runaway girl

April 11th, 2014 1:40 pm by Jeff Bobo

Two men arrested after police find drugs, syringes, 16-year-old runaway girl

Howard Hardyway Ward and Robert Joseph Abell

CHURCH HILL — Hawkins County deputies arrested two young adult males Monday after they were allegedly found in possession of drugs, syringes, and paraphernalia, living in a recreational vehicle with 16-year-old runaway female.

Monday afternoon HCSO Deputy Tony Spitzer received information that the missing girl was staying in an RV at 1189 Millers Bluff Road south of Church Hill with two adult males.

Deputies Bobby Moffitt and Andy Banks responded to that residence and met Robert Joseph Abell, 18, 1189 Millers Bluff Road, Church Hill, who allegedly stated he was the only person there.

The deputies then heard noise coming from the rear of the RV, and the runaway girl stepped out with another male.

The second male initially identified himself as Josh Jones, but was later revealed to be Howard Hardyway Ward, 20, same address.

Upon entering the RV, the deputies allegedly observed a box in plain view which contained two used syringes, a small clear baggy containing half of a Suboxone pill, an electronic scale, a burnt spoon with residue, a marijuana bong and other drug paraphernalia.

Abell and Ward each allegedly admitted that the box and its contents belonged to them.

Both were charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ward was additionally charged with criminal impersonation for allegedly lying about his identity.

Abell was additionally charged with filing a false report for stating he was the only person at the RV.

Both were arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and as of Friday remained held in the Hawkins County jail.

The girl was cited into Juvenile Court.

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