Mitchell Louis Butler
ROGERSVILLE — A Bulls Gap man who had been under surveillance for about a week as part of an ongoing "Ice" trafficking investigation allegedly told police Monday he had "ditched the dope" because he knew he was being watched.
Agents with the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) received a tip that Mitchell Louis Butler, 33, 1127 Coates Road, Bulls Gap, would be selling the high-grade "Ice" type of meth Monday evening in the vicinity of the Rogersville Walmart on Route 66.
According to a DTF report, agents observed Butler to be the passenger in a vehicle at the Murphy USA gas station in the Walmart parking lot, and confronted him there.
"Butler advised he knew the DTF had been following him, and when he saw them he had 'ditched the dope,' " the DTF report states.
Butler was arrested. Upon being searched, he was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times-News on Thursday that Butler had "been under a microscope" for the week prior to his arrest.
Allen said the DTF agents had accumulated enough evidence in that time to charge Butler with facilitation of the sale and delivery of meth, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Allen said Butler was extremely under the influence of meth at the time of his arrest Monday evening and had been on a binge for several days. In fact, Butler was still too high on Wednesday to appear in Sessions Court for his arraignment, which was reset for Monday.
At the time of his arrest Monday, Butler was also free on bond stemming from an arrest nearly two weeks earlier for driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, possession of synthetic drugs (bath salts), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On the evening of June 18, Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Funk was patrolling Holston Street when he observed Butler, who Funk knew had a revoked license, driving a white Lexus.
Butler reportedly parked the Lexus and fled on foot, but when commanded to return by Funk, came back and surrendered.
While he was running, however, Funk allegedly observed Butler throw down several items, including cash, a syringe, a baggie containing a white powdery substance, a syringe and empty plastic baggies.
Butler has a Sept. 17 preliminary hearing scheduled for the June 18 charges. He remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.comments powered by Disqus