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HCSO breaks up alleged meth for sex deal

Jeff Bobo • Jul 3, 2018 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of conspiring to trade meth for sex with an Elizabethton man Sunday morning while parked on a dead end street remained at large Tuesday.

Ryan M. Stroop, 30, 104 Wood Lane, Surgoinsville, allegedly fled on foot into the woods at Brooks Point Drive southwest of Rogersville after a Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived shortly before 10:30 to investigate a report of a suspicious BMW.

Deputy Adam Bledsoe subsequently arrested Stroop’s companion, Dustin Caleb Potter (aka Chrystal Grindstaff), 34, 203 Cherry Hill Road, Elizabethton, after allegedly finding two baggies of meth, a pipe and digital scales in the vehicle.

Several pieces of identification belonging to Stroop including a work ID were reportedly also found in the BMW.

An inspection of Potter’s cell phone reportedly revealed that he had communicated with Stroop, whom he referred to as “Daddy,” and that they had discussed the price and quantity for a meth deal, as well as sexual favors to be included in the transaction.

After Stroop fled, Potter was found to have no I.D. He allegedly identified himself as Adrian Porter and stated he had left his car at a nearby apartment complex and ridden with Stroop to the dead end street to have sex.

Potter also initially denied knowledge of the meth, but later stated he was aware of the meth and had considered walking back to his car.

Upon being booked into jail, Potter continued claiming his name was Adrian Porter, and a baggy of meth was allegedly located in his pants pocket.

As of Monday, the HCSO was still looking for Stroop, while Potter was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $7,500 bond charged with possession of meth with intent to sell, introduction of meth into a penal facility, criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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