Brandon Chad Foulks
ROGERSVILLE — Two accused meth dealers lost their drugs and their cash during a traffic stop Tuesday in Rogersville, but what probably hurt the most was seeing that 1964 Chevrolet Impala going up on the hook.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Ken Ferguson and Deputy Eric Peace reportedly observed the Impala weaving in and out of its lane Tuesday afternoon on Highway 11-W, and they conducted a traffic stop near the Beaver Lane intersection just west of Rogersville.
A computer check revealed the driver, Brandon Chad Foulks, 31, 906 Cleveland Ave., Morristown, to be on parole from federal prison on convictions for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and firearms charges.
After receiving consent from Foulks to search the Impala, deputies allegedly located a fake "Monster Energy" drink can with a false bottom. In the can deputies allegedly found nearly an ounce of the high-grade "Ice" type of meth packaged for resale in 26 1-gram zip-lock baggies, as well as an unlabeled prescription bottle containing a quantity of gabapentin, three digital scales, and hundreds of unused gram-size zip-lock bags.
Foulks' passenger, Joshua Blake James, 19, 506 Houston St., Morristown, was also allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Hamblen County authorities have had Foulks and James under surveillance for an ongoing investigation, but they weren't known to Hawkins County narcotics detectives.
Lawson credited his deputies for turning a routine traffic stop into a major meth bust.
Foulks was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, driving while in possession of meth, simple possession of marijuana, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving left of center.
James was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, simple possession of marijuana, possession of legend drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Aside from confiscating the Ice, deputies seized $514 in cash and the 1964 Impala from Foulks.
If Foulks is convicted, the Impala could be forfeited to the HCSO, at which time it would be placed up for public auction.
Foulks and James remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on a $150,000 bond as of Wednesday.