A Hope woman, Anita Allen, 47, was charged with a drug paraphernalia Class D felony after a Sevier County Sheriff's deputy pulled up on a vehicle that was stranded on Bellah Mine Road in Gillham.
The incident began on Wednesday, April 3, when Deputy Greg Harper was patrolling in the area and observed a vehicle in the westbound lane with no lights on. He spoke with Allen, who was standing beside the SUV. Allen stated that she thought the tie rod was bad on the driver's side of her vehicle. Also in the vehicle was a passenger, known to Harper as Patrick Weed of Gillham.
Both occupants were acting nervous and Harper advised Weed that he was going to pat him down for weapons. Weed reached into his left front pocket and removed two unused syringes and an empty small plastic baggie.
Allen was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and she stated she did not think so. Upon searching the vehicle, Harper located a blue backpack in the rear floorboard that contained a green purse with a blue and white pharmacy bag containing a glass pipe.
Both Allen and Weed were placed under arrest and transported to the Sevier County Jail. Baker's Towing and Recovery took possession of the vehicle.
After waiving her Miranda Rights, Allen told Harper that the backpack and contents belonged to her and that the pipe was used to smoke ice (methamphetamine), which also belonged to her. When asked about the bag of new syringes, she told Harper she wanted a lawyer and the interview ended.
During the interview with Weed, he told Harper that he was walking on Bellah Mine Road when he walked up to Allen's vehicle. She asked to use his cellphone to call a wrecker. Weed said that Allen gave him the two syringes that were in his pocket for using his cellphone.
Allen was released to the on duty jail staff for booking procedures and Weed was released with no charges.