A Henry County Sheriff’s Department deputy got a little help from his K-9 after two separate traffic stops ended in felony methamphetamine charges.
In one incident, Elijah Cody Gray, 36, of Big Sandy and Diann Marie Hicks, 29, of Camden were charged early Sunday at an East Wood Street motel by Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson.
Gray was cited into court for driving on a revoked license while Hicks was arrested for possession of meth with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In his report, Watson said he saw a black Pontiac Grand Am pulling out of a motel on East Wood Street with a broken headlight. When the driver, later identified as Gray, saw Watson’s patrol car, he put the car into reverse and accelerated backwards until it was parked in front of the motel.
Watson said he recognized the car, which had a Kentucky license tag that did not match the vehicle, as one that ran from him the previous night.
Gray said the vehicle belonged to a friend and he was trying to buy it.
After denying officers’ request to search on the grounds it wasn’t his car, Watson’s K-9, Jagr, indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle.
A search revealed a phone case with 12.45 grams of meth inside, a digital scale spoon with meth residue on the tip, a loaded syringe and a folded dollar bill with a small amount of meth. Ten other dollar bills, each containing meth, were found elsewhere in the car.
Another partially loaded syringe was found in a bag belonging to Hicks, who later confessed to owning the cigarette case the meth was found in.
Hicks was held on a $15,000 bond. Both she and Gray are scheduled to appear Oct. 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.
In a later incident, Christina N. Powell, 31, of Lexington was arrested late Sunday at the intersection of Mineral Wells and Tyson avenues by Watson.
Powell was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found 5.2 grams of crystal meth inside the white 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving.
In his report, Watson said after he pulled the vehicle over in a convenience store parking lot, Powell got out of the vehicle and began reaching under the front driver’s seat.
When asked what she was doing she told officers she was trying to get her cellphone.
She then stood up with her hand tightly clenched. When ordered to open her hand, Watson found a small amount of marijuana in the palm of her hand.
After Jagr indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle, officers found the meth and two glass pipes under the driver’s seat. Powell’s cellphone was actually found in the front passenger’s seat.
Powell’s bond was set at $50,000. She was scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court.
In other incidents:
• An Obion County man was arrested on assault charges Sunday night at a Paris apartment building.
Thomas Dwayne Moffatt, 41, of Union City was charged with aggravated assault and domestic assault at the apartment building on Lankford Road by Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed.
Moffat was held without bond. He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court.
• A woman who told police her boyfriend assaulted and kidnapped her confessed Thursday that she had lied to officers.
Destinee Noelle Tidwell, 28, of Camden, is wanted on warrants for filing a false report by investigator David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.
In his report, Andrews said he took a report on June 23 from Tidwell in which she accused her boyfriend, William Cleek, of Camden, of assault and kidnapping.
Cleek was subsequently arrested on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and domestic violence.
On Thursday, Tidwell gave Andrews a written confession saying that she filed a false report and lied about the incident.
The case has been closed pending prosecution, Andrews said.