KPD e-Press Release: K.P.D. Vice Detectives Arrest Three on Multiple Drug Charges after Patrol Officer Stops to Check on Stranded Motorist

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident K.P.D. Vice Detectives Arrest Three on Multiple Drug Charges after Patrol Officer Stops to Check on Stranded Motorist
Date & Time November 11, 2013

Approximately 10:30 PM

Location of Incident North John B. Dennis Highway Near the Intersection with Orebank Road

Kingsport, TN

Suspect #1 Information

Name Deborah S. Begley
Date of Birth/Age 6/15/1974

39 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Female
Address 866 West Carters Valley Road, Lot #2

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule III Drug (Subutec)

3) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales)

Suspect #2 Information

Name Tonya M. Gideon
Date of Birth/Age 3/3/1978

35 Years of Age

Race/Sex Black/Female
Address 4805 Highway 11W, Lot #15

Blountville, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales)

Suspect #3 Information

Name Johnny White
Date of Birth/Age 2/23/1969

44 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 148 Virginia Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Introduction of Contraband Into a Penal Facility

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales, Straws, Marijuana Pipe)

General Narrative

K.P.D. Vice Detectives have arrested three individuals for multiple drug related offenses after a Patrol Officer stopped to check on a stranded motorist.

On November 11, 2013 at approximately 10:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officer Marshall Begley saw a stranded 1999 Chevrolet Malibu on the roadside of North John B. Dennis Highway near the intersection with Orebank Road in Kingsport. He stopped to offer assistance and learned from the occupants, Deborah Begley, Tonya Gideon, and Johnny White, that the vehicle had run out of gas.

Upon continued contact with Mr. White, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected on his clothing. Additionally, three straws (commonly associated with the insufflation of narcotics) were observed protruding from his pocket. Based on these observations a further investigation by the K.P.D. Vice Unit ensued.

A search of the vehicle revealed a small black pouch containing a white rock substance believed to be the trendy new street drug, “gravel,” located between the front seats. A set of digital scales, commonly associated with the weighing of narcotics for resale, was located in the back seat area.

None of the three occupants of the vehicle would claim ownership of the contraband in question, so all three were arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. The vehicle was seized as it was being utilized for the transportation of illegal narcotics.

Upon their arrival at the jail, both Ms. Begley and Mr. White were found to be in possession of additional contraband. Ms. Begley acknowledged that she had a Subutec pill concealed in her bra, while Mr. White revealed that he had a marijuana cigarette hidden in his hat, and a pipe, commonly used for smoking marijuana, tucked away in his boot.

Ms. Begley was charged with:

1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule III Drug (Subutec)

3) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales)

Ms. Gideon was charged with:

1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales)

Mr. White was charged with:

1) Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue for Resale (Gravel)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Introduction of Contraband Into a Penal Facility

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Digital Scales, Straws, Marijuana Pipe)

For additional information, please contact:

P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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