CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – A suspicious car without running lights led to the arrest of two men from Kentucky and further discovery of $28,000 worth of methamphetamine, some cash and five firearms at a New Tazewell residence.
According to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, June 1, a deputy on patrol along Highway 25 initiated a traffic stop on a 1989 Chevrolet Corvette around 4 a.m. due to inoperable rear lights. Deputies discovered 4 oz. of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine on the person of the passenger, as well as a set of digital scales.
The passenger of the vehicle, identified as Devin Shawn Moscoe Lewis, 19, of Pineville, Kentucky. Lewis was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale.
Later, the Claiborne County Patrol Division worked through the morning to locate Lewis’s current residence at the Dixie Plaza Motel on Highway 25, and were able to gain entry into his room.
Upon entry, deputies found Steven M. King of Middlesboro, Kentucky and arrested him outstanding warrants out of Claiborne County, Tenn.
During the course of the investigation, Claiborne County Sheriff’s officials say deputies responded to a residence on Nell Street in New Tazewell, where were given consent to search the residence regarding the sale of illegal narcotics.
Deputies located 8.2 grams of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, 13.5 grams of a green plant material believed to be Marijuana and six tablets believed to be a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, five firearms and $2,400.00 in United States Currency believed to be proceeds of illegal narcotics transactions.
A combined estimated street value of approximately $28,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized during the course of investigation, CCSO said.
The investigation is still currently ongoing and multiple other arrests are anticipated to stem from this investigation at a later date, CCSO said.
The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public that if they have any information or concerns regarding the sale or use of narcotics, to please contact them anytime.