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THP seizes drugs, cash in I-75 stop

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that a traffic stop ended with the seizure of drugs and cash on I-75 in Anderson County on Monday January 25th. According to a THP release, Trooper Isaiah Lloyd made traffic stop on a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup on I-75 South in Anderson County, at mile marker 122, for speeding 91 miles per hour ) in a 65 mph zone.  As Trooper Lloyd approached the vehicle to interview with the vehicles occupants he immediately could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Trooper Lloyd requested a K-9 from Anderson County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) to come to the scene and assist with a drug detection K-9.  As officers with the ACSO arrived on scene they performed a walk around of the suspect vehicle with their K-9.  This indicated a positive response to drugs possibly being present in the vehicle.  Trooper Lloyd performed a probable cause search of the vehicle and found marijuana residue and approximately $6,000 in cash in a duffel bag inside the vehicle.

Interdiction Plus (IP) Troopers Johnathan Scott and Kevin Stroup arrived on scene and assisted Trooper Lloyd in searching the vehicle.  The troopers then found an additional $5,000 on the driver, and a vacuumed sealed package of currency under the hood of the vehicle.  Troopers Scott and Lloyd performed an on camera count of the currency which totaled $32,663.00.  IP Trooper Scott continued the search of the vehicle and located a liquid substance found in a baby bottle which field tested positive for Codeine (a schedule II narcotic).   He further found three Xanax (schedule IV) pills wrapped in a receipt inside the center console of the vehicle.  

The driver, 24-year-old Damone Anthony Hennings and passenger 27-year-old Eric Demone Hennings, both of Acworth, Georgia, were arrested and transported to the Anderson County Jail for booking.  Both were charged with possession of scheduled II narcotic, and schedule IV controlled substance with intent to resell or deliver.  Damone Hennings was also charged with speeding.   Both men have been released after posting bond.

Damone Hennings
Damone Hennings
Eric Hennings
Eric Hennings

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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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