(Smith County Insider Press) – On January 30, 2020, Sergeant Ridge Long conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 around mile marker 251. The occupants of the vehicle, Danielle Hicks (33, Crossville) and Kimberly Johnson were unable to provide valid proof of insurance.
According to the police report, Hicks stated that both she and Johnson were currently on probation. During a search of the vehicle, a blue Adidas backpack was found which Hicks claimed ownership of. During a search of the backpack, 4 pill bottles were found which were prescribed to Kimberly Johnson. The bottles contained Buprenorphine, Clindamycin, Buprenorphine, and Gabapentin. In another pocket of the backpack was a keychain with purple and white containers attached. In the purple container were 3 white Buprenorphine pills and 1 and ½ peach colored Buprenorphine pills. In the white container were 7 Gabapentin pills. Also in the same pocket was a rolled up dollar pill with white and peach residue along with a white bottle containing urine.
According to the police report, Hicks was read her Miranda Rights and placed into Sergeant Long’s patrol car. When speaking with Hicks, she stated that Johnson had stayed the night with her in Crossville and they were heading back to Nashville for a drug court graduation, after which she was going to drop Johnson off at her half-way home. When Hicks was asked why the medication was separated instead of being left in its prescribed bottles, she stated that she and Johnson had mutually agreed to separate the pills until Johnson was dropped off at her home.
According to the police report, Johnson was also asked why the pills had been separated instead of being left in their prescribed bottles. Johnson stated she had not agreed to separate the pills and was unaware that Hicks had done so.
Hicks was unable to provide a valid prescription for the pills not in their prescribed containers. She was placed under arrest and taken to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking.
Hicks is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use and two counts of simple possession of narcotics.