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JC man allegedly admits to trafficking meth in Hawkins for five months

Jeff Bobo • Aug 27, 2019 at 8:45 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Johnson City man who was questioned and searched Thursday after Rogersville police stopped to investigate an apparent domestic disturbance allegedly admitted he's been transporting meth into Hawkins County to sell for five months.

Paul Robert Drazen, 37, 1008 Quality Circle, Apt. 45, Johnson City, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on multiple charges, including possession of meth with intent to deliver in a school zone, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Rogersville Police Department Officer Andy Banks observed a Honda Civic hatchback with a temporary tag on East Main Street near the Food City. The car contained a male driver and female passenger who appeared to be arguing.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Zachary England and Detective Gary Lawson participated in the investigation. England stated in his report Drazen was recognized as being the subject of an ongoing meth trafficking investigation.

England also said in his report he had received multiple complaints that Drazen was transporting meth into Hawkins County from Johnson City.

Upon being searched, Drazen was allegedly found to be carrying a loaded 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol in his waistband with a round in the chamber.

England stated in his report that a multicolored bag with a combination lock was located in the floorboard of the Honda, and Drazen consented to a search of that bag.

Inside the bag, police allegedly found 38.5 grams of meth, 12.5 grams of marijuana, two sets of electronic scales, various empty bags for packaging drugs, and a measuring spoon.

The Honda belongs to the passenger, Lori Ann Morris, 45, 149 Moore Road, Mooresburg, who stated Drazen had stopped to get his 2007 BMW, which was parked in the shopping center parking lot.

England stated in his report that Morris admitted that she had a small bag of meth in her bra that was turned over to police and weighed 0.3 of a gram. She was charged with simple possession of meth within a school zone.

“Paul advised he has been selling meth for approximately five months,” England said. “He advised that he used his white BMW to transport meth into Hawkins County. He was also found to be in possession of $494.”

Drazen’s BMW was seized by the HCSO. The drug charges were enhanced due to being within 1,000 feet of Hawkins Elementary School.

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