Two Gibson residents were arrested Monday night after a variety of drugs was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop on Highway 79 northeast of Paris.
Carmen V. Bakken, 45, and Chris Warren, 52, were arrested at 10:30 p.m. by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker.
According to a report from Whitaker, he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a non-illuminated license plate and no brake lights.
He spoke to Warren, who was driving, and Bakken, who was a passenger. A records check showed Bakken had an active warrant from Gibson County.
Warren gave Whitaker consent to search the vehicle, and the officer found about 4.95 grams of a crystal-like substance, which was field tested as positive for methamphetamine, behind the arm rest in a small metal container.
He also found about 6.6 grams of a crystal-like substance, about 3.08 grams of illegal mushrooms, seven pipes and metal straws, a THC vape and two marijuana-packed cigars were found inside Bakken’s purse.
Bakken claimed possession of the contents of her purse, but denied that the metal container was hers. Warren also denied owning the metal container.
Warren was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver. He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $40,000.
Bakken was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance; possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia; and simple possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. She also was scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court and was booked under a bond of $60,000.
In unrelated incidents:
• There were no injuries in a field fire Monday afternoon on Buchanan Road.
Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department units, along with Tennessee State Forestry officers and members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, reported to 4460 Buchanan Road after a field caught fire about 1 p.m.
According to a press release from the fire department, a recently harvested soybean field was fully engulfed in flames, and the fire was spreading toward the woods, where it would threaten two homes and a hunting cabin.
The high heat, dry conditions and changing winds made the fire difficult to extinguish or contain.
The fire department’s three trucks and 10 firefighters, along with Forestry’s two trucks and two employees, were on the scene for two hours before the fire was extinguished. The landowner assisted with his own bulldozer and the Paris Fire Department offered aid with a brush truck and two firefighters.
The landowner said he was burning a stump near the field and left the fire unattended briefly. When he returned, it had spread to the field.
No injuries or property damage was reported.
• A Paris man was arrested on charges related to the sale of meth.
Ethan E. Evans, 28, of 55 Bucy Lane was arrested at 11:23 a.m. Monday by Metro Crimes Unit Investigator Jeramye Whitaker on West Wood Street.
According to an arrest report, Evans was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, indicated on the arrest report to be meth, with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.
He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $100,000.