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Random surveillance operation nabs drug suspect in Hawkins

May 21st, 2014 12:06 am by Jeff Bobo

Random surveillance operation nabs drug suspect in Hawkins

Patrick Blake Ryan

ROGERSVILLE — People who publicly conduct illegal drug business in Hawkins County should know there's a possibility that police officers are watching.

A Rogersville man found that out the hard way last week when he was arrested after allegedly making a marijuana transaction while police were watching Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Route 66 Shopping Plaza in Rogersville.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit was conducting a random surveillance operation at that parking lot watching for drug trafficking.

Shortly after 4 p.m., deputies observed a black Honda enter the parking lot and park beside a four-door Chrysler Concord that had two occupants in the passenger seats but no driver.

HCSO Detective Stephen Armstrong stated in his report that the driver of the Honda got out of his car and entered the rear passenger side of the Chrysler.

"Having knowledge that this activity is common during illegal drug transactions, officers did a non-custodial approach to the vehicle and its occupants and identified ourselves as officers," Armstrong said. "Upon speaking to the occupants, officers could immediately detect the smell of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle."

One of the vehicle occupants was identified as Patrick Blake Ryan, 19, 2015 Brown Drive, Lot 20, Rogersville.

Ryan allegedly admitted he had marijuana in his possession and gave officers a plastic sandwich bag containing marijuana.

Deputies then took Ryan to the sheriff's office where he was questioned.

"During his statement, Mr. Ryan admitted to purchasing the marijuana and delivering a small amount of it to his friends," Armstrong said.

Ryan was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

As of Monday, Ryan remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 2.

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