Traffic stop leads to arrest for methamphetamine possession and other charges

September 19, 2022
Jesse Hunter

On August 5, 2022 K9 Sgt. Long observed a truck with a non-working passenger brake light and other improper or non-working lights on the tags leaving a gas station in Gordonsville. While following the vehicle onto I40 the officer observed the vehicle failing to maintain travel in the lane of traffic. He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Jesse Hunter, 32 of Cookeville, TN.

Hunter was talkative and the officer noticed he seemed to struggle to stay focused on the task of producing appropriate identifying paperwork for the vehicle. He also observed a fresh puncture mark with blood residue on Hunter’s hand. Additionally, while talking with Hunter, Sgt. Long observed that Hunter’s eyes were non-reactive to light and constricted. Hunter and the passenger were asked to exit the vehicle and both consented to a search of their person.

Deputy Robbie Woodard arrived to the scene and deployed K9 Braun for a free-air search of the vehicle. K9 Braun alerted to the presences of drugs on the vehicle. Hunter and the passenger were placed in handcuffs and held in the patrol cars while the vehicle was searched.

On Hunter’s person, officers found 1 gram of white substance Hunter identified as heroin along with $440.00 of U.S. currency. Within the vehicle 4 bags of methamphetamine containing 3.6 ounces, 3.8 grams of marijuana, digital scales and multiple pieces of aluminum foil consistent with distribution were found. Hunter stated that all the items belong to him. He was transported to the Smith County Justice Center for booking. He was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while in possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substances and possession of methamphetamine for resale. He was released on bond and will face future court dates.