Tipster leads Hawkins County Narcotics Unit to intercept $115K drug delivery

Crime and Courts

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — More than $100,000 in illegal drugs are off the streets and 3 people are under arrest after a traffic stop in Hawkins County on Wednesday. Deputies say they found heroin, fentanyl, pills believed to be ecstasy, methamphetamine and a Glock pistol in the vehicle.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew Cubbage (a.k.a. “T.J.”), Misty Rowlls and Timothy Burke (a.k.a. “Tim”) are under arrest. Timothy “Tim” Burke had an active warrant out of Florida, while Matthew “T.J.” Cubbage had an active warrant out of Ohio; however, neither man will be extradited from Tennessee, the office said.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office says the bust came as the result of tip about a large narcotics delivery that would be made by a vehicle with Georgia registration by a man named “T.J.” Narcotics Unit observed a vehicle arrive at Timberline Drive that matched the tip. Deputies identified “T.J.” as the front passenger in the vehicle, and he along with the driver and other passenger were detained. The vehicle, a Silver 2012 Nissan Versa with Georgia plates RLI5914, was later seized.

HCSO announced the following drugs and items were located under the hood in the engine compartment, as well as in a purse within the vehicle, the rear trunk within a suitcase, and in clothing:

  • 1131 grams (field weight) of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine
  • 52 grams (field weight) of grey rock-like substance believed to be “Grey Death” fentanyl
  • 39 grams (field weight) of a pink rock-like substance believed to be “Pink” heroin
  • 720 dosage unit of multicolor pills believed to be ecstasy
  • 3 grams (field weight) of a brown rock-like substance believed to be “brown” heroin  
  • A fully loaded Glock 19 generation 5, 9mm – which was located in the trunk inside of a suitcase
(Photo: Hawkins Co. Sheriff)

The estimated total street value of the seized narcotics is about $115,300, the office said.

  • Methamphetamine: $90,500  
  • Heroin: $18,800
  • Ecstasy: $6,000

During the investigation, HCSO found that all three suspects were convicted felons with past out-of-state crimes related to drugs and theft. All three suspects were transported to the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and written statements were taken after a Miranda Warning had been given to all defendants involved. 

Matthew “T.J.” Cubbage is facing charges including: Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Possession of Schedule I (Heroin) with intent to deliver, Possession of Schedule I (ecstasy) with intent to deliver, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Misty Rowlls is facing charges including: Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Possession of Schedule I (Heroin) with intent to deliver, Possession of Schedule I (ecstasy) with intent to deliver, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Timothy “Tim” Burke is facing charges including: Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Possession of Schedule 1 (Heroin) with intent to deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I (ecstasy) with intent to deliver, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Driving While in Possession of Methamphetamine

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