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Police: 600 pills, pot, acid seized during Kingsport search

June 19th, 2014 4:08 pm by Rain Smith

Police: 600 pills, pot, acid seized during Kingsport search

Angela Robinette, 47, and James R. Robinette Sr., 47.

An investigation of alleged narcotics activity at a Kingsport residence has led to five arrests, according to police, along with the confiscation of a large cache of pills and other drugs.

A press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office states that earlier this year vice detectives were tipped off to potential drug activity at 409 Kincaid Street. SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says evidence obtained through a subsequent investigation resulted in a search warrant being obtained.

On Wednesday the warrant was executed, with resident Angela Robinette, 47, arrested at the scene. Police reportedly found nearly 600 various pills within her home, believed to be Adderall, Xanax, Percocet, Valium and Subutex.

Outside the residence detectives located Robinette's husband, James R. Robinette Sr., 47. Police say he already had outstanding warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear, but also possessed additional pills: Percocet, Adderall, Oxycodone, Xanax, Lortab and Valium. He allegedly carried more than $3,000 in cash.

Both of the Robinettes were arrested and charged with possession of schedule II, schedule III and schedule IV drugs for resale, along with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold or used.

While detectives were on scene, a BMW reportedly pulled into the Robinette's driveway. Earhart reports the driver, Erica Tunnel, 27, of Druid Hills in Kingsport, was found to be driving on a revoked license and arrested.

Her front seat passenger, Matthew Scott Thomas, 22, of Brookhaven Drive, Johnson City, allegedly consented to a search of his person and backpack. Police say that led to the discovery of two small baggies of marijuana and scales. Thomas was then arrested for possession of schedule VI drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The BMW's backseat passenger, identified as Juan Eduardo Rojas, 21, of Wimauma, Fla., allegedly refused police orders to show his hands and repeatedly reached for the car's center console. After being physically removed from the vehicle he reportedly admitted to having marijuana.

A search of the area inside the car that Rojas kept attempting to reach located a baggie containing small pieces of paper, according to police. Rojas reportedly admitted it was seven stamps of acid, saying he'd obtained them at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn.

Rojas was also transported to the Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville, charged with possession of schedule I drugs and simple possession of schedule VI drugs.

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