|Kingsport Police Department
Dale Phipps, Chief of Police
200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
|SUBJECT:||Local Mail Carrier Arrested After Being Observed Ingesting Methamphetamine in USPS Mail Truck|
|DATE:||April 4, 2023|
|On April 4, 2023, Detectives assigned to the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit were conducting surveillance on Joshua W. Honaker (44 years of age of Blountville) in reference to an ongoing joint investigation with the Office of the Inspector General.
Mr. Honaker, a mail carrier employed by the United State Postal Service, was operating a U.S.P.S. mail truck, when he stopped in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Lowell Drive in Kingsport and began ingesting narcotics in plain sight.
Detectives approached Mr. Honaker and detained him without incident. A subsequent search found him to be in possession of a cut straw containing a crystal residue believed to be Methamphetamine, a bubble gum container containing a crystal residue believed to be Methamphetamine, and a pill identified as Oxycodone.
Mr. Honaker was arrested and charged with the following:
He currently resides in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment. The mail truck he was operating was released back to the USPS.
|Name||Joshua W. Honaker|
|Age||44 Years of Age|
|Charge(s)||· Driving While in Possession of Methamphetamine
· Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of Methamphetamine
· Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of Oxycodone
· Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)