(Smith County Insider Press) – On May 15, 2020, Sergeant Ridge Long was contacted by Deputy Matt White and notified of an incident involving the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to Deputy White, Troopers Meness and Bain had conducted a traffic stop in the area of Alexandria Highway for reckless driving. During the course of the stop, the driver told the troopers he was running from someone who wanted to hurt him and that “Huff” was in Ward Hollow, dead after an overdose.
Once Sergeant Long arrived on the scene, he spoke with the driver, who stated he was being chased and that “Huff” had overdosed on heroin given to him by Jason Hale (48, Dowelltown). The driver stated that “Huff was really messed up,” but was talking when the driver left. The troopers advised the driver that they would be towing the driver’s vehicle and issuing him a citation for the violations.
According to the police report, after the driver was released by THP, he agreed to speak with Deputy White, Sergeant Long, and Sergeant Junior Fields. He gave more detail about what was going on in Ward Hollow and described the address in further detail. After receiving more details, Sergeant Long realized “Huff” was Michael Huffines (62, Brush Creek), due to prior incidences at the address. The driver also revealed that Jason Hale had an active warrant out of Dekalb County for violation of probation, which was confirmed by the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office.
During the course of the investigation, Sergeant Long, Sergeant Terrance Adams, and Deputy White conducted a check at the Ward Hollow address. Upon arriving, the front door of the residence was open. After no response to several verbal commands into the residence, a sweep of the home was conducted. During the sweep, Jason Hale was found sitting in a bedroom. Contact was made with Michael Huffines, and a baggie and syringe could be seen in plain view on the floor. Half a gram of heroin was recovered, and he was placed under arrest.
According to the police report, a search of Hale’s room revealed two baggies of approximately 4.7 grams of heroin, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, 2 and a half Gabapentin pills, a set of digital scales, several clear baggies, and several used syringes. Both Huffines and Hale were placed under arrest and transferred to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking.
Hale is charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts simple possession of narcotics, and mfg/del/ sell controlled substance. Huffines is charged with mfg/del/ sell controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.