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LPD makes drug arrests

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By Jennifer Caldwell

LaFollette Police continued to prove that drugs are a very present danger for LaFollette and surrounding communities when officers made a number of drug related arrests last week.

Late Wednesday night Officer Stephen Wallen observed a car crossing the center line on Jacksboro Pike near Hunters Branch.

According to Wallen’s report, when he stopped Phillip Cole Hatmaker, 46, of 416 Summit Drive, there was “a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.”

When questioned by Wallen, Hatmaker allegedly reported he had a small amount of marijuana in a bag located in the passenger’s seat.

In addition to being in possession of marijuana, records indicate Hatmaker’s driver’s license was suspended and he was unable to produce proof of insurance.

Hatmaker was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule VI substance, driving on a suspended license and violation of the financial responsibility law. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

On Saturday a LaFollette man proved drugs are for sale anywhere when he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs directly across the street from the LaFollette Police Department.

According to Officer Corey Taylor’s report he was dispatched to South Tennessee Avenue to investigate a report of drug activity.

Taylor’s warrant states John Preston McCulley was sitting in front of apartments located directly across from the police department.

When Taylor asked McCulley to step out of his vehicle, McCulley allegedly placed a small metal container in the pocket of his sweatshirt. 

A search revealed McCulley to be in possession of nine roxicodones, which he allegedly stated were for sale.

McCulley was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II substance with intent to resale. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

The following night Taylor observed Allen D. Cordell, 24, of 1226 Long Hollow Road, sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a local convenience store.

As the investigation continued Taylor discovered a syringe filled with morphine allegedly located in Cordell’s pants. 

Cordell was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.