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Broken tail light leads to meth charges

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A traffic stop for a broken tail light led to bigger charges for the  a group arrested by the LaFollette Police Department.

On Saturday night Officer Jason Marlow stopped Richard Thomas Morrison, 36, of 403 College Hill Road, on Central Avenue for operating a vehicle with a broken tail light.

A check of Morrison’s license revealed that it had been suspended.

According to the arrest warrant, Marlow asked Morrison and passengers Michael Todd Huckaby, 29, of 306 North 21st Street, and Debra Lynn Allen, 38, of 604 South Cumberland Avenue, to step out of vehicle to allow for a search.

Records indicate Marlow and Officer Susan Sowder conducted a search of Morrison, Huckaby and Allen in the interest of safety.

While searching Huckaby, who has been arrested on meth related charges a number of times in recent months, “several oval white tablets started falling to the ground.”  In addition Huckaby was also allegedly found to be in possession of sudefedrene.  

When he was placed under arrest, Huckaby allegedly tried to hide several pills and a syringe while inside Marlow’s patrol car.

As Sowder searched Allen a bag with a “white powder believed to be methamphetamine” was located in Allen’s pocket.

A search of the vehicle revealed 92 ounces of butane fuel and a pair of pliers with white residue inside the teeth.

Morrison was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, violation of the light law, possession of drug paraphernalia and promotion to manufacture methamphetamine.

Huckaby was arrested and charged with promotion to manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of a schedule IV substance, three counts of felony possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

Allen was arrested and charged with felony possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and promotion to manufacture methamphetamine.