Hamblen County traffic stop nets $2,000 in drugs

Narcotics officers with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office recovered several illegal drugs and a loaded handgun after a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Ginny Wheatley is charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance for resale, possession of Schedule II and VI controlled substances, armed and dangerous felonies and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities stopped the Jimmy Gibbs Jr., the driver of the vehicle, on Brights Pike on Tuesday. Officers asked Gibbs if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. Gibbs said he had some needles, and authorities found several needles and a spoon.

Biggs was cited for driving left of center and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wheatley was a passenger in the vehicle during the stop. She surrendered 2.4 grams of marijuana when authorities asked her if she had anything illegal.

The narcotics officers also found a loaded nine-millimeter handgun in Wheatley’s purse. Once Wheatley learned authorities were taken to jail, she produced a container from her bra containing eight oxymorphone pills, seven alprazolam and one morphine pill, which Wheatley had no prescription.  The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office estimated Wheatley’s drugs were worth $2,073.

Authorities are holding Wheatley in the Hamblen County Jail on $150,000 bond.


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