A Hall County Jail inmate was allegedly using the cellblock phone to arrange and facilitate drug deals, according to authorities.
Larry Termane Nuckles, 48, was served with arrest warrants Jan. 27 at the Hall County Jail on charges of criminal attempt to traffick methamphetamine and use of a communication device to facilitate a drug transaction. He was arrested along with Shannon Myria Bouchereau, 44, of Gillsville, who was charged with trafficking methamphetamine among other things.
“Mr. Nuckles arranged and facilitated these new criminal acts with Ms. Bouchereau while he was in jail by using an inmate cell block phone,” Multi Agency Narcotics Squad Lt. Don Scalia wrote in a news release.
The Times is awaiting a response to an inquiry with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office regarding the monitoring of jail phone calls.
“(MANS investigators) had gotten evidence that (Bouchereau) had been in constant contact with him via that phone in the jail cellblock with her phone,” Scalia said.
The MANS unit worked for weeks on developing information on suspects distributing methamphetamine.
Agents tried to arrest Bouchereau Jan. 24, in a Jesse Jewell Parkway parking lot.
Lt. Don Scalia said she drove away and struck one vehicle with two officers inside.
“She then nearly struck another officer who was approaching her on foot, forcing the officer to jump out of the path of her vehicle to avoid being struck,” Scalia said in a news release.
No officers were hurt.
Scalia said Bouchereau’s truck was discovered damaged a short distance away.
“She abandoned it with a couple of flat tires and bent rims, so she must have hit a curb somewhere,” Scalia said.
Bouchereau was arrested the next day at an acquaintance’s residence in the 1000 block of Lathem Drive.
Officers found 145 grams of methamphetamine in six separate bags during the arrest. Bouchereau was charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, use of a communication device to facilitate a drug transaction and leaving the scene of an accident with damage.
The estimated street value of the drugs was $14,500.
Nuckles was previously arrested by the MANS unit in October for charges of heroin, meth and cocaine distribution, Scalia said.
No further charges are expected.