Public intoxication leads to drug arrest

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By Charlotte Underwood

Suspicion of public intoxication led to the drug arrest of Chuckie Dewayne Elkins, 35, of 506 E. Fir Street, LaFollette on Halloween.

Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson saw Elkins exit the Jellico Community Hospital allegedly appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as he staggered to the parking lot, the Jellico Police report said.

Through his investigation, Hopson found Elkins to have slurred speech. He allegedly seemed to fall asleep while speaking with Hopson. He was arrested on public intoxication charges, according to the report. Elkins had been a passenger in a 1999 grey Oldsmobile. Hopson allegedly found two blue pills believed to be Roxysets, Hopson’s report said.

The driver of the Oldsmobile allegedly made a statement to Hopson that she and Elkins had purchased six Roxysets in LaFollette, the arrest report said. When searching Elkins, Hopson found four $20 bills and two $1 bills folded in four different locations in Elkin’s wallet. This would have been the resale value for the four Roxysets that were missing, which led Hopson to believe that Elkins was in possession of schedule II narcotics with the intent to resale.

Elkins also had a warrant for his arrest for auto burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.

Elkins was charged with public intoxication, possession of schedule II controlled substance, auto burglary, theft of property under $500 and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. He was held at the county jail on $25,000 bond.