Decherd police arrest six on drug-related charges

Six suspects were arrested in three separate instances last week by Decherd police on a series of drug-related charges after the vehicles they were in were stopped for traffic violations.

Arrests, court dates and bond amounts were set for:

• Timothy Marshall, 465 Dry Creek Road, Estill Springs. He is charged with manufacture and delivery of a schedule VI substance and a probation violation. He is to appear on Aug. 6 in General Sessions Court on the drug charges and on July 17 in Circuit Court on the probation violation charge. He is out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

• Jessica Binkley, 50 Circle E Lane, Belvidere. She is charged with manufacture, sale and delivery of a schedule VI substance and will appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 6. She has been released on a $5,000 bond.

• William Storm Horton, 201 Race St., Decherd. He is charged with manufacture, sale and delivery of a schedule VI substance and will appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 6. He remains in jail on a $25,000 bond.

• Annabelle Lee, 107 Oak Court, Tullahoma. She is charged with manufacture, delivery and sale of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, vandalism, violation of seatbelt law and a financial responsibility violation. She has been released on a $7,500 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 6.

• Marquel Hickerson, 308 Adair St., Tullahoma. He is charged with manufacture, sale and delivery of a schedule VI substance and a stop, frisk and halt violation. He has been released on $25,000 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 6.

• Phillip Ashley, 320 Bookout Road, Cowan. He is charged with simple possession and casual exchange of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and vehicle light and financial responsibility violations. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond and is to appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 20.

In the case involving Horton, Marshall and Binkley, Decherd police noticed a black Mercedes-Benz traveling down East Main Street just after 7 p.m. on May 16 and observed the driver to not be wearing a seatbelt, reports said.

Officers then pulled out behind the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the corner of South Diagonal Street and Spring Street, reports said.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as William Storm Horton, and the passengers were identified as Timothy Marshall and Jessica Binkley, reports said.

Officers said they noticed the driver and passengers to be acting in a nervous manner.

Officers asked the occupants if anyone was on probation, and two said they were, reports said.

Officers then walked back to their patrol unit to further investigate, reports said.

Officers then walked back up to the vehicle and asked the driver for consent to search it, reports said, adding that Marshall did not give consent to search the vehicle.

Officers then asked Franklin County Communications for an available K-9 drug dog unit.

Marshall then stated that officers could search the vehicle due to him not wanting to wait on the K-9 unit and that he had somewhere to be, reports said.

During the vehicle search, 8.2 ounces of a green plant substance believed to be marijuana was located in the trunk of the vehicle, reports said.

Four yellow round pills, believed to be Percocet, were located in Marshall’s shorts pocket, according to reports.

Officers asked all three individuals about the suspected marijuana that was found, and they all denied having knowledge that it was there, reports said.

Due to the amount of suspected narcotics located in the vehicle, officers asked Marshall if there were any more drugs or paraphernalia at his residence.

He stated that there would be some paraphernalia and a small bowl with a small amount of marijuana inside of his residence, reports said.

He denied a consensual search of his residence, reports said.

After transporting the three suspects to the Franklin County Jail, officers located about one gram of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine along with a blue pill bottle containing broken-up pieces of Xanax bars and a brown crystal rock believed to be heroin, reports said, adding that both items were located in Marshall’s pants.

A search warrant of the residence was later issued from Franklin County General Sessions Judge Thomas Faris.

During the search, two clear jars were located in the bedroom containing a green plant-like substance believed to be marijuana, weighing 1.45 ounces, reports said.

In a dresser in the same bedroom, officers located a container containing 135 Xanax bars, according to reports.

A white unknown powder substance was located upstairs in the attic, reports said.

Multiple items, such as scales, pipes and bongs, were taken from the residence and were listed as miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

Reports said a brown substance that was located on the attic table, believed to be THC wax, was also taken.

Miscellaneous unknown pills were located throughout the residence that will be sent off to a TBI crime lab for testing along with all other evidence, reports said.

In the case involving Lee and Hickerson, Decherd police officers observed a black Lincoln Zephyr with a passenger side brake light out on May 19 at 2:27 p.m., reports said.

The officers initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver, Annabelle Lee, and told her why she was stopped, reports said.

Officers asked Lee for her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, reports said.

Reports said Lee stated she didn’t have insurance on the vehicle, and while officers were talking with her, they noticed a suspected marijuana odor coming from the vehicle.

They asked Lee if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and she said no, reports said.

Officers then asked her to get out of the vehicle, and while talking to her, passenger Marquel Hickerson also got out, according to reports.

Officers advised him they were about to search the vehicle, and Hickerson started acting anxious and nervous and became flustered, reports said.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found a tied-up grocery bag containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana, reports said, adding that it weighed 1.5 ounces.

Officers attempted to detain Hickerson, and he started to jerk away when attempts were made to handcuff him, reports said.

When officers got him detained, they located a set of scales with a green, leafy residue on it and cash totaling $730, reports said.

Officers placed Hickerson and Lee in patrol cars and continued to search the vehicle and located a black trash bag in the trunk with a vacuum sealable bag with a large amount of suspected marijuana weighing 9.2 ounces, reports said, adding that officers also located several plastic baggies in the glove box on the passenger side of the vehicle.

They requested a towing service to take care of the vehicle and placed the $730 in an evidence bag, reports said.

Hickerson and Lee were then taken to the Franklin County Jail, reports said.

In the case against Ashlev, Decherd police were behind a silver Toyota Camry on Decherd Boulevard by the Western Sirloin Steak House at 11:50 p.m. on May 21 when officers notice a brake light wasn’t working, reports said.

They stopped the vehicle near the adjacent Walgreens drug store.

The driver, Phillip Ashley, said he was not carrying insurance on the vehicle, and an officer at the time said he had prior dealings with Ashley, who had been linked to possessing illegal drugs, reports said.

Ashley was asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle, and he said he didn’t want to go to jail, reports said.

Reports said Ashley handed officers a small plastic bag containing about four grams of suspected marijuana.

Officers spotted a suspected meth pipe at Ashley’s side when Ashley handed over the suspected marijuana, reports said.

Ashley was asked to step out of the vehicle, and he informed the officers he had a firearm on his belt, reports said.

Reports said officers retrieved a small 9 mm-caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine and a round in the chamber.

Officers had Ashley empty his pockets on the back of the car, and he and a dog he had with him were placed in the patrol car, reports said.

Officers searched Ashley’s vehicle and located a $1 bill in his wallet that had been folded tightly into a small square, reports said, adding that they opened the bill up and found about 0.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, reports said.

During the vehicle search, officers located a multicolored rubber container in a cell phone case in the driver’s floorboard of the vehicle, reports said.

When officers opened it up, the container had about 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine in it, reports added.

Ashley was placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County Jail, reports said.

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