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Three face meth charges after officer interrupts alleged pot party

Jeff Bobo • Dec 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — An alleged early morning pot party at a Rogersville business Wednesday resulted in three men being arrested on meth trafficking charges, as well as two on felony gun charges.

Around 2:30 a.m., Rogersville Police Department Officer Josh Byrd stopped to investigate a suspicious car running with its lights on behind a dentist’s office on Route 66-S.

Upon closer inspection, Byrd reportedly found the rear door at the nearby Murrell Land Surveying offices slightly open.

When Byrd knocked and announced himself as a police officer, one of three males inside the business opened the door, and Byrd allegedly detected the distinct odor of burning marijuana.

The man who opened the door, Stewart Claude Manis, 42, 596 Manis Road, Rogersville, is employed by the business and reportedly told Byrd he was there finishing up some work.

Both Manis and Joseph Danna Jones, 42, 1222 Douglas St., Rogersville, were found to be in possession of a handgun.

While being interviewed, Jones allegedly admitted that he had thrown a baggy of marijuana beside a filing cabinet, but when Byrd inspected the area he instead reportedly found a baggy of meth.

A short time later, Byrd allegedly found three more baggies of meth on the floor in the spot where Jones had been standing moments earlier. A total of two grams was recovered.

Jones also allegedly admitted to owning a green backpack which was searched. Inside the backpack, police allegedly found several syringes, digital scales, two cut straws, a marijuana pipe and half a Subutex pill.

Manis was found to be in possession of $1,998 in cash.

Jones and Manis were each charged possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm during commission of a serious felony.

Jones was additionally charged with tampering with evidence, simple possession of Schedule 2, Schedule 3 and Schedule 6 narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The third male at the business, Daryl Lynn Lane, 44, of Sevierville, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver.

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