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Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports gravel found in motel room; four facing charges

April 13th, 2014 10:49 pm by Wes Bunch

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports gravel found in motel room; four facing charges

LYNN GARDEN — Four people were taken into custody on multiple drug charges over the weekend in connection with 20 grams of Alpha-PVP, or gravel, that was discovered in a Kingsport motel room.

Three of the suspects — Donnie Cox, Sashia Griffin and Daniel Barrett — were the targets of an ongoing investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit.

According to an SCSO press release, Cox, 56, Bewley's Chapel Road, Midway, Tenn., and Griffin, 24, Bloomingdale Road, Kingsport, were apprehended Friday at the Super 8 Motel on Lynn Garden Drive, while Barrett, 47, Hawaii Street, Kingsport, left the scene before being questioned.

Barrett was taken into custody Sunday at the residence of George Lawson, 45, Pearl Street, Kingsport.

Cox, Griffin and Barrett are all three charged with possession of a controlled substance analogue for resale, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, possession of Schedule III and IV narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sullivan County detectives were reprotedly called to the Super 8 on Friday after being notified by Kingsport police that Cox, Griffin and Barrett had a room there.

After receiving consent to search the room, authorities reportedly found roughly 20 grams of Alpha-PVP, as well as an undisclosed amount of what was believed to be Suboxone and Clonazepam. Digital scales, syringes and other drug paraphernalia were also allegedly found in the room.

Cox and Griffin were taken into custody at the motel. Barrett was arrested two days later after police observed his vehicle at Lawson's home.

Police said they discovered a variety of drug paraphernalia inside the home, along with scales used for weighing drugs.

Lawson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling and harboring a fugitive.

Both Barrett and Lawson were free on bond for previous charges at the time of their arrests Sunday.

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