Tullahoma police chief’s son facing drug charges

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By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Jonathan Paul Blackwell, the son of Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell, was arrested Monday and charged with the sale of a controlled substance, schedule VI marijuana, after being indicted by the Coffee County Grand Jury last week. He was booked into the Coffee County Jail, but later released after posting a $15,000 bond.

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According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, deputies of his department learned of Blackwell’s alleged activity with marijuana while conducting other drug investigations. Officers then began to observe Blackwell and allegedly made drug purchases from him. According to the indictments, on Dec. 8, Blackwell, 21, of Berkley Court, allegedly sold more than 14.175 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer. The indictment also alleges that on Dec. 12 Blackwell again sold more than 14.175 grams to the undercover officer. The indictment also alleges that on Dec. 21 Blackwell was stopped by law enforcement and at that time he was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and digital scales. He also allegedly had approximately five ounces of marijuana in his possession. According to court officials, the charges of selling to an undercover officer are classified as “E” felonies and each carry a maximum of two years in prison. The possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. Blackwell is free on bond and is scheduled to appear in Coffee County Circuit Court for arraignment on Jan. 29