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Police find 2 pounds of meth during traffic stop on I-985

POSTED: March 26, 2014 10:06 a.m.
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Two pounds of crystal methamphetamine police say is worth $32,000 was found last week in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 985, Gainesville police reported Wednesday.

The driver, Thomas Dean West, 42, of Whitesburg, Tenn., and the passenger, Lee Ann Bishop, 53, of Bean Station, Tenn., were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. West also was charged with removing or defacing ID or license plate and no proof of insurance.

The vehicle was pulled over for an equipment violation during the day March 20 near mile marker 18 in the northbound lanes of the interstate, police said. Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said he had no other information about what that violation was.

Some $3,000 in cash also was found in the car, according to police.

Holbrook said police did not want to release any information about the trafficking case until investigators had time to follow up on it.

He also did not release any information about where the two were headed or where they had come from, citing the pending investigation.

The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit made the arrest. Holbrook said that is a proactive unit that typically works in high crime areas.

Bond has not been set for either West or Bishop. West has a committal hearing set for April 4 and Bishop for April 14.



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