Hawkins Co. deputies arrest two on drug possession charges

Courtesy of Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Rogersville men on drug possession charges.

According to a HCSO news release, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was conducting surveillance on an unrelated case when they saw a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling along Locust Street in Rogersville.

Deputies said Brandon Surplis was a passenger in the vehicle and had an active arrest warrant for child support.

According to the release, deputies followed the vehicle to the McDonald’s parking lot.

Surplis had gotten out of the vehicle and was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as James Dwayne Byington, who consented to a search of the vehicle.

A search revealed a prescription bottle with Buprenorphine inside. The prescription had been prescribed to another person in the vehicle, identified as Surplis’ wife.

Deputies also found a plastic baggie in the front of the vehicle with 1 Buprenorphine pill, 1 Clonazepam pill and 2 baggies with approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine in the “ice” form inside.

Both Surplis and Byington denied possession of the drugs.

Surplis and Byington were both taken to the Hawkins County Jail.

Byington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of Buprenorphine and simple possession of Clonazepam.

Surplis was charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of Buprenorphine and simple possession of Clonazepam.

Bying was released from jail on $1,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing in Hawkins County General Sessions Court.

Surplis was being held in jail on $1,000 bond for the drug charges and $1,800 bond on the child support attachment.

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