A Stewart County man was arrested Tuesday at a Paris hotel room on illegal weapons and heroin possession charges by Metro Crime Unit officers.
Michael A. Burra, 30, of Big Rock was arrested at the hotel on East Wood Street by Paris Police investigator Jeramye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit.
Burra was charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony, carrying or possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During the same incident, Brandon E. Fisher, 31, of 1635 Copper Spring Road off Highway 641 southeast of Paris was charged with robbery, domestic assault and violation of his Henry County Circuit Court probation.
According to Whitaker, both arrests were made by officers who had obtained a search warrant after surveillance of the room.
“When he (Burra) pulled up, we approached him at that time,” Whitaker said. During a patdown search for officer safety, officers found a loaded .380-caliber pistol in his pants pocket, along with a felony amount of heroin.
A search of Burra’s room revealed a 12-gauge shotgun, several hypodermic needles and syringes and digital scales. Officers also seized $2,072 in cash believed to be drug proceeds.
Fisher, who was one of the two other people in the vehicle with Burra, was arrested based on existing warrants.
Burra’s bond was set at $125,000 on the drug possession charge and $100,000 on the remaining charges, for a total of $225,000. Fisher, meanwhile, was held without bond on the probation violation until his appearance Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court.
Both men were scheduled to have appeared Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.
In an earlier arrest by Metro officers, a Henry man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday afternoon by an officer of the Metro Crime Unit.
Raymond M. Western, 46, 628 Mark I Drive, was arrested at his home by Whitaker. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Western’s bond was set at $10,000. He was scheduled to have appeared Thursday in General Sessions Court.
Officers with the PPD, Henry County Sheriff’s Department and 24th Judicial District’s Drug Task Force assisted in the arrests.
In other incidents:
• An assault charge against a Henry County man has been upgraded to a felony charge after medical records showed the man he was arrested for beating last month apparently suffered a stroke related to his injuries.
A warrant for aggravated assault has been issued for Justin W. Dabbs, 30, address unknown.
According to a report by Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Sanders, Dabbs was initially charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct on June 2 after witnesses said he repeatedly beat a man in the head and kicked him during an argument about a cellphone.
The man, who Sanders said was bleeding from his nose and the side of his right eye after the incident, said he was unable to remember the incident.
After the man suffered a stroke two weeks later and was transferred to an out-of-county hospital, Asst. District Attorney Rebecca Griffey subpoenaed the man’s medical records.
The charge was upgraded to aggravated assault after the records returned Monday and showed the serious injuries the victim received were a result of the assault.
• More than $500 in tools and appliances were reported stolen Monday from a home on Nobles Road, off Highway 79 northeast of Paris.
In his report, Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson said the theft took place between 1:30 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. while the resident was away from the home.
Missing items included three Ryobi batteries and chargers which were taken from the victim’s truck, and a brand new $50 vacuum cleaner that was taken from the home. Two blankets and sheets valued at $150 were taken from the home’s bedroom.