Twins arrested again on meth charges

Published 8:11 am Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For the second time this year, police arrested a pair of Carter County brothers on meth-related charges.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Terry Scott Hodge, 34, of 137 Gunsmoke Hollow Road and his twin brother, Travis Don Hodge, 34, 208 Lovers Lane, Apt. 3, late Sunday night and charged each of the men with possession of Schedule II drugs, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Around 10:30 p.m., EPD Officer Eric Buck was on patrol when he saw a car that officers know Terry and Travis Hodge frequently drive parked in the lot of a local retail store. Officers had been told the two brothers were wanted on active warrants charging them with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

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After spotting the car, Buck summoned an undercover officer working with the department’s vice unit to the scene. When the undercover officer arrived, he saw Travis Hodge standing beside the car. A few minutes later Terry Hodge exited the store and walked to the car. Officers then arrested the two men on the outstanding warrants.

“Sgt. (Patrick) White searched Travis and located a hypodermic syringe, a coffee filter with methamphetamine and a Digitz digital scale with methamphetamine residue in his pockets,” the undercover officer said in his report. “Terry was observed attempting to conceal items under the passenger’s seat. (Officer Dustin) Johnson located a coffee filter with methamphetamine residue in Terry’s pocket. During a search of the area Terry was observed trying to conceal items, Sgt. White and I located a hypodermic syringe and a silver spoon with residue.”

Officers then searched the rest of the car and found five more spoons with residue, more coffee filters with methamphetamine, plastic straws with residue and several items used to cook meth.

Terry and Travis Hodge then were taken to the Carter County Jail, where each is being held under a $120,000 bond.

Both men were arraigned in General Sessions Court Monday morning and Judge Keith Bowers reset their cases for April 13.

This is the second time this year Terry and Travis Hodge have been arrested on meth-related charges.

On January 2, the brothers were arrested by officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department after an anonymous tip led them a city apartment where investigators discovered two meth labs. In that incident, Terry and Travis Hodge were each charged with two counts of initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two brothers were bound over to the Grand Jury on those charges during court appearances in General Sessions Court in January.