Traffic stop leads to two arrests on drug charges

Published 4:56 pm Monday, December 4, 2017

A man and woman face multiple charges after police reported finding drugs and guns during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cody Mashburn, 22, of 1621 Orleans St., Johnson City, and Cassandra Story, 27, of 22 Clarks Creek Road, Jonesborough. Officers charged Mashburn with possession of Schedule II drugs for resale, possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony, and speeding. Officers charged Story with possession of Schedule II drugs for resale and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

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According to court documents, CCSO Sgt. David Caldwell was sitting stationary on Highway 19E in Hampton with Tennessee Constable Mark Carrier when he observed a vehicle traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Caldwell said his radar unit showed the vehicle was going 92 mph in a 55 mph zone.

After stopping the vehicle, Caldwell said he identified the driver as Mashburn and the passenger as Story and learned that Mashburn’s driver’s license had been revoked.

“During my second approach to the vehicle I saw a large bag with smaller baggies inside which are often used to sort and sell narcotics,” Caldwell said.

At that time, Caldwell said he placed Mashburn under arrest on the driving charge.

“Ms. Story said that she owned the vehicle and I asked her if there were any drugs or anything of that sort in the vehicle,” Caldwell said. “Story said ‘not that I know of.’” Caldwell said Story then gave him permission to search the vehicle.

“Immediately I found two pill bottles under a black shirt in Ms. Story’s seat, she denied knowing about them,” Caldwell said. “Inside one bottle were blue and white pills, in the other, I found a crystal-like substance which appears to be methamphetamine.”

“Constable Carrier asked Ms. Story if she had anything on her person, she said ‘He put a gun in my purse,’” Caldwell continued. “Constable Carrier immediately secured the purse and found a .380 handgun inside along with a large amount of cash. Ms. Story said the cash and gun both belonged to Mashburn.”

According to Caldwell, he also found two other bags containing unmarked white pills and a .40 cal. handgun in the center console of the vehicle.

Both Mashburn and Story appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday morning.

Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Mashburn and set his bond at $5,000. Bowers appointed attorney C.J. Roberts to represent Story and set her bond at $5,000. Both Mashburn and Story are scheduled to return to court on Dec. 12.