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CHPD: Woman admits she planned on selling meth to pay a bill

Jeff Bobo • Nov 19, 2018 at 8:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman who was arrested during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon allegedly admitted that she had obtained the gram of meth in her possession to sell that night.

Elizabeth Marie Potter, 505 Francis St., Church Hill allegedly stated she needed the proceeds from that sale to pay a bill.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Chad Gillenwater reportedly observed a Lexus traveling west on Highway 11-W near Lyons Park Road driven by Potter, who he knew to have a suspended license.

Upon speaking to Potter, Gillenwater observed her to behave nervously and display symptoms of being under the influence of meth.

"Ms. Potter admitted to using meth earlier this date, at which time I asked her if she was currently in possession of any illegal or illicit substances," Gillenwater stated in his report. "Ms. Potter then voluntarily stated that she was in fact in possession of illegal/illicit substances, at which time she produced a small metal tin from her purse and stated that it did contain 'some of that stuff.' "

Gillenwater allegedly located a small bag containing about a gram of meth inside a tin container. The tin also contained two partial Subutex pills, 29 empty bags, digital scales, and a smaller tin containing three more empty bags, rolling papers and a snort straw.

A blank prescription bottle was also located in Potter's purse that she said a friend had given her "to help her at work."

The bottle was found to contain 20 Diazepam pills, which is a Schedule IV controlled substance, and 18 Tizanidine pills, which is a legend drug.

"It was then confirmed that Ms. Potter did not possess a prescription for any of the recovered pharmaceutical substances," Gillenwater said. "Ms. Potter also made the voluntary verbal statement that she had obtained the meth earlier this date for the purpose of selling it 'tonight' so that she could pay a particular bill."

Potter was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, driving while in possession of meth, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.

Her bond was set at $30,000, and she was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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