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Search of suspicious vehicle leads to meth, firearms charges

Jamey Vicars • Jun 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly found a substantial amount of meth, a gun and cash Tuesday after locating a vehicle involved in a previous incident.

According to an SCSO press release, on April 12, deputies responded to reports of a vehicle with a temporary tag being driven recklessly in the Bloomingdale area. But when officers arrived, the vehicle reportedly fled and could not be located.

On Tuesday around 9:30 a.m., officers again noticed the vehicle around Lynn Garden Drive and West Stone Drive. They followed it until it stopped in a parking lot at the intersection of West Stone Drive and Fairview Avenue.

Deputies approached the vehicle, which had Georgia tags not registered to it, and identified the driver as Tommy Lee North, 55, of Atlanta.

Police say North was very nervous and shaking while talking to them. North reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle, and deputies requested the help of a Kingsport Police Department K-9. The search allegedly produced more than four ounces of methamphetamine packaged for resale, a loaded 9mm pistol and $1,910.

North was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with no license. He is currently being held in the Sullivan County jail without bond.

The vehicle and currency were seized by the SCSO. According to police, they determined North was not the driver of the vehicle when it fled in April, and they are working to identify that individual.