Three Paris residents were arrested early Sunday morning for drug charges in a parking lot on Tyson Avenue.

Lathan Kane Allison, 21, of 147 Chatman Lane; Kayleen M. Shrimplin, 19, of 2450 Guthrie Road; and Austin C. Evans, 19, of 301 W. Washington St. were arrested at 12:30 a.m. Sunday by Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson.

According to his incident report, Watson noticed a silver Pontiac G-6 in a parking lot, and Allison, Shrimplin and Evans were in the vehicle with one of the doors open.

Allison was in the driver’s seat, although the car is registered to Shrimplin and one of her family members.

When Watson approached the car, Evans and Allison said they were waiting on a friend of Evans.

Watson said he could smell a strong marijuana odor coming from the vehicle. After the occupants denied a search of the car, Watson deployed K-9 unit Jagr to perform an open-air sniff.

Jagr alerted to the presence of narcotics near the driver’s side door.

During a search of the front seat area, Watson found a fanny pack containing 5 grams of marijuana, a set of digital scales, three Adderall pills and some small plastic zippered bags.

Allison’s and Shrimplin’s cell phones were sitting in plain view during the search and Watson said they were ringing throughout.

He noticed a text come through on one of the phones that said, “Did we give you enough money?”

Watson asked the subjects about the message, and Allison said he did sell marijuana, and had sold a quarter-ounce to someone just before parking on Tyson Avenue.

Allison claimed ownership of the marijuana and paraphernalia, but not the pills. 

Watson detained all three of them when no one would claim the Adderall.

Allison had $422 in cash on him. He said he worked for a local construction firm, but could not provide proof of income.

Watson then searched the back seat, where he found a loaded Beretta Nano 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in the floorboard.

Evans claimed ownership of the gun, and said he had recently purchased it from a friend. Allison and Shrimplin denied knowledge of the firearm.

Also in the back seat, Watson found two bags containing a total of 78.6 grams of marijuana as well as more loose zippered bags.

Evans said the bags contained CBD flower, not marijuana. Watson field tested the bags, which were both positive for marijuana.

Evans had $1,073 in cash in his shorts pocket. He said he worked for an area industry, but could not prove his income. He told Watson he had withdrawn the money from a bank account to pay rent.

Seven MDMA pills and four Xanax pills were found in Evans’ sock. He said he had never used MDMA, but admitted that the Xanax pills were not prescribed to him.

The pills, marijuana, paraphernalia, handgun and paraphernalia were seized.

All three subjects were arrested and transported to the Henry County Jail.

Allison and Shrimplin each were charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

They are scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court. Their bonds each were set at $3,500.

Evans was charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

He also is due Thursday in General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $25,000.

In unrelated incidents:

•  Sunday fire on Antioch Road is being investigated as arson.

According to an incident report from Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua, he responded at 3 p.m. to the Hill Top Lodge Apartments in Springville to find them aflame.

A witness told Fuqua that just before the fire, she saw a red truck behind the building. She said the driver was a white male who walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle and looked like he was doing something.

She said he then went inside the building and was looking around. She told Fuqua she could not tell what he was doing in the truck or in the building.

She said the building was on fire less than five minutes after the vehicle left.

She said she thought the truck was a red four-door Chevy Colorado with an emblem on the back.

According to a report from Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles, the owner, Tracy Bruff could not be reached for comment.

No dollar loss resulted from the accident, as it was ruled a total loss when it previously burned on March 14.

• ountain Top Vapor, at 14100 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris in Buchanan, was broken into late Saturday night.

According to an incident report from Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Forrest Kemp, the owner said the alarm alerted him by cellphone at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

He went to the store to find the front glass broken out. Only a cash register and a tablet computer were stolen.

The owner said the register did not contain any money.

Kemp found a portable propane blowtorch on the floor behind the computer, but the owner said it was not his and did not belong to him.

The cover of the electric meter outside was removed, and the lines in the box were cut. The phone and cable lines also were cut.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

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