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CPD nabs 3 on drug, weapons charges

Clinton Police arrested three people earlier this month on drug and weapons charges following a routine traffic stop for a busted headlight. The incident occurred January 14th when Officer Adam Warren spotted a vehicle on Seivers Boulevard traveling with only one working headlight and pulled the car over in the parking lot of Big Lots.
The driver, 19-year-old Hunter Ferguson of Rocky Top, told Officer Warren that he had no driver’s license and said that he had only bought the car a couple of weeks earlier and had no insurance on it yet. A K9 officer responded and the dog alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. A search of the car turned up a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol lying on the floorboard near Ferguson and a digital scale in the front center console. On the passenger side floorboard, officers found an aerosol can of engine cleaner with a false bottom that, when opened, was found to contain over 14 grams of meth and a plastic baggie with two yellow pills and a blue pill as well as another baggie containing a Suboxone strip.
In the trunk, officers found a .410 shotgun that 19-year-old passenger Jonathan Leab of Rocky Top admitted was his, as was a glass pipe and a marijuana grinder found where he had been sitting in the vehicle.
A search of Ferguson’s person turned up a small baggie of meth and another plastic baggie containing almost three grams of marijuana as well as a total of $2138.36 in cash.
Ferguson was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, violating the light law, failure to have insurance, the delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon during a felony and possessing marijuana, meth and pills. Passenger Leab was arrested on possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia and a second passenger, 18-year-old Nicole Walker of Lafollette was charged with drug possession. A third passenger was not charged.
All three arrestees remained in custody as of this morning.
Police seized the vehicle, both weapons and the cash.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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