Bradley County Criminal Interdiction agents arrested three people earlier this week after a traffic stop on Interstate 75 yielded alleged illegal drugs.
Dreano A. Golden, 25, Terri Lynn Shuttlesworth, 20, and Stashan M. Williams, 25, were arrested and charged in the incident. A fourth passenger in the vehicle was not charged, according to reports.
Reports indicated an agent observed a red SUV traveling north on I-75. The vehicle was allegedly traveling at an unsafe speed “less than a car-length away” from another vehicle.
As the Interdiction agent approached the driver after the traffic stop, he reportedly “could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.”
Shuttlesworth was driving the vehicle, according to the report.
Shuttlesworth provided the agent with a West Virginia ID card and explained the two males inside the vehicle had traveled from West Virginia to Georgia to pick up her cousin and bring her back with them.
The agent then approached the other occupants and began questioning them regarding their trip.
According to the report, the female who was picked up in Georgia stated she had been in Georgia visiting a cousin and was now returning to Ohio.
Further investigation revealed the car was leased by a person not present in the vehicle at the time of the stop. The Interdiction agent observed tobacco scattered about inside the passenger compartment and alleged evidence that marijuana cigarettes had been produced. He asked Shuttlesworth about the tobacco and she stated it was from cigars, according to the report.
Shuttlesworth was asked permission to search the vehicle and she reportedly stated the vehicle had not been rented by her. She then consented to a search.
As agents searched the vehicle, they discovered a box of cigars which contained four suspected marijuana cigarettes inside.
Agents then discovered two vacuum-sealed bags of suspected marijuana and a vacuum-sealed bag of suspected cocaine.
According to the report, eight ounces of alleged marijuana and four ounces of cocaine were seized.
Golden and Williams were charged with possession of cocaine for resale and possession of marijuana for resale.
Shuttlesworth was charged with possession of cocaine for resale and possession of marijuana for resale and with following too closely, according to the report.
The fourth person was not charged and was released with the rental vehicle.
- Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning a Sobriety checkpoint in Bradley County beginning Feb. 6.
The checkpoint will be established at an unnamed location within the county.
All scheduled checkpoints announced by THP are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.