Assisting WCSD deputies, city officers make their own arrest

Published 8:17 am Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shawna Lynn Ray

Shawna Lynn Ray

An Elizabethton woman was arrested Tuesday after police who responded to the residence to arrest another individual reported finding drugs in the home.
Shawna Ray, 25, of 106 Reeser Road, Apt. 6, was arrested Tuesday morning by Elizabethton Police Department Officer Justin Pearce and charged with filing a false report, possession of Schedule III drugs and possession of Schedule IV drugs.
According to police reports, Pearce and EPD Cpl. Matt Bailey were providing assistance to deputies of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a male subject at the apartment when they encountered Ray. Pearce said in the report that Ray told officers that no one else was inside the apartment and that she did not know where the subject they were looking for was.
“Washington County Deputies found (the male subject) hiding in a closet in the bedroom that Ray had just exited and he was placed under arrest by Washington County Deputies on the warrant,” Pearce said in his report.
Pearce said in his report that while on the scene, he was advised by an EPD vice unit that the apartment was the site of suspected drug activity. At that time, Pearce said in the report, officers obtained permission to search the residence from Ray. During the search, Pearce said in the report, Bailey located a wallet containing Ray’s identification and a cellophane wrapper which contained pills identified as Suboxone and Clonazepam.
Ray was taken into custody and transported to the Carter County Detention Center, where she was later released on bond. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 8.

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