Coeburn man claims he was 'shooting meth' for his birthday at Church Hill Inn

Jeff Bobo • Nov 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver after he allegedly admitted to police he was shooting meth to get high for his birthday at the Church Hill Inn.

The suspect was reportedly located around 3:25 p.m. Saturday by Church Hill Police Department Officer Chad Gillenwater while he was on a routine patrol of the Church Hill Inn, located at 1142 Volunteer St.

The Church Hill Inn is a notorious location in Church Hill where arrests for drug-related crimes are common

Gillenwater stated in his report that the man, who was later identified as Dustin Edward Amos, 28, 12214 Bedford Road, Coeburn, was standing inside the driver's door of a gold Ford F-350, which was not parked in a parking space.

“As I was approaching the unknown male, I observed him to turn around and quickly take off walking behind a nearby fence that contained a Dumpster,” Gillenwater said. “I then approached said male in order to attempt a voluntary conversation with him. ... Mr. Amos appeared to be under the influence of what appeared to be consistent with methamphetamine.”

Gillenwater added, “When Mr. Amos was asked if he had been ingesting methamphetamine, he stated that he had been "shooting it to get high for his birthday. Mr. Amos also stated that he was in possession of ‘a couple grams of meth,’ at which time he voluntarily consented to a search of his person and his vehicle and its contents.

A used hypodermic syringe was located in Amos’ left front pocket. Approximately two grams of meth were located in a cigarette pack found lying in the driver's floorboard of Amos' truck. 

Amos reportedly admitted he threw the cigarette pack containing the meth on the floorboard when he saw a police cruiser come around the building.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court for possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday, Amos remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 25.

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