Police charge city man with trying to sell real, fake drugs

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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A city man faces drug charges after an undercover police sting in which police say he attempted to sell both real and counterfeit drugs.

Police arrested Christopher Neal Dove, 29, of 608 S. Roan St., Elizabethton, on Monday evening and charged him with the sale/delivery of Schedule II narcotics, sale of a counterfeit controlled substance and violation of the Drug Free School Zone law. Officers also served Dove with two outstanding warrants out of Criminal Court charging him with violation of probation.

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Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department conducted a “narcotics investigation takedown” in the parking lot of Peebles department store, located at 730 W. Elk Avenue.

Officers watched as a man, later identified as Dove, walked up to an SUV and got inside. The officers then approached the SUV Dove got inside as well as the vehicle Dove had arrived in.

“During a consent search of the SUV, I located a small baggy containing a white powdery substance and a small baggy containing a clear crystal substance,” an undercover officer said in his report. Dove admitted to officers that the plastic bags were his and he was selling the items in order to “make a little money,” the officer said.

“Mr. Dove further stated that the powdery substance was methamphetamine and the crystal substance was sea salt which he attempted to sell as crystal methamphetamine,” the undercover officer said.

Police charged Dove with selling both the real and the fake meth and, because of the parking lot’s proximity to Elizabethton High School, they also charged Dove with violation of the Drug Free School Zone law.

Dove has prior convictions for the sale of narcotics and as well as meth-related charges.

Just under a year ago, in September 2014, Dove was convicted of the sale of Schedule II drugs, two counts of the sale of Schedule III drugs and six counts of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. He received probation for those convictions and it is that probation that he was charged with violation.

According to the warrant charging Dove with violating his probation, Dove failed to attend substance abuse treatment, failed a drug screen and stopped reporting to his probation officer.

Dove will appear in Criminal Court on the violation of probation charges, but no court date has been set for him at this time.

On Tuesday, Dove appeared in General Sessions Court and was bound over to a Carter County Grand Jury on the new charges.