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Tennessee round-up yields 34 arrested for drug charges

A small Tennessee town held a big round-up last week. Numerous law enforcement offices as well as the U.S. Postal Service worked together to conduct the arrests. A startling 34 arrests were made, which is quite impressive considering the town has a population of less than 6,000 individuals. The defendants were arrested on a variety of drug charges. 

Man faces drug charges after allegedly exposing himself

Sometimes, a simple trip to the store can take a strange turn. That's what happened to shoppers at a Tennessee Walmart who got an unusual "goodbye" as they left the store's parking lot last Friday evening. According to reports, police were called after receiving complaints that a man was exposing himself to cars exiting the store's parking lot. The man now faces drug charges. 

Two charged after theft of hundreds of guns from UPS in Tennessee

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been busy recently investigating one of the largest incidents of gun theft it has ever worked. Reportedly, 367 guns were taken from a Tennessee UPS facility on a Sunday. The guns had been shipped from their manufacturing center and were at a UPS distribution facility in Memphis when, according to the authorities, the theft occurred. The stolen firearms were .22 caliber and .380 caliber Ruger guns. 

4 travelers in Tennessee face drug charges

The majority of arrests that happen in any community are the arrests of local residents. There are times, however, when people find themselves facing legal trouble far from home. That is the case with four men who were traveling through Tennessee this week and are now facing drug charges.

Four men were traveling south and had stopped at a Tennessee hotel to spend the night. That evening, someone apparently reported the smell of marijuana coming from the men's room, so police arrived and entered the men's room. Inside, the officers reportedly found a pound of marijuana.

Student charged with juvenile crimes after school threat

Words matter, and in this day and age, some words carry significant power. A celebrity may find an entire career destroyed with one poor word choice. Employees may find themselves out of work after telling an ill-advised joke. A Tennessee teen is learning that the words he used to play a prank have led to charges of juvenile crimes.

The 17-year-old student was arrested this week after an investigation that began when someone came across a social media post that stated the anonymous poster's intentions to kill people at a specific high school. The post apparently gave details, such as the city, state and time of day of the planned attack. When the principal accessed the post, he reportedly found that the poster had deleted it and replaced it with a message that indicated a group of five were plotting to kill many people at the high school.

When can drug possession become a felony?

Tennessee is particularly harsh on drug laws. If the defendant gets a conviction for manufacturing, delivering or possessing the drug with intent, then they receive felony charges. As a result, they spend significantly more time in prison and have higher fees to pay off, making the recovery process all the more difficult no matter what age you are. College students would lose their scholarships while facing potential expulsion and adults would have a hard time finding a new job with a criminal record.

However, not all drug violations are felonies. One of the few drug crimes that qualify as a misdemeanor is simply possessing the drug or performing a casual exchange. To avoid more life damaging charges, you must understand the fine lines that separate drug possession changing from a misdemeanor to a felony.

What you should know about shoplifting

If you are like most people in Tennessee, you probably consider shoplifting a minor crime not worth thinking about too much. You may even hold the erroneous belief that “minor” shoplifting benefits the perpetrator while not really harming anyone else, including the affected merchant. Such misperceptions could land you in a world of hurt.

Shoplifting constitutes a form of theft crime. If you face shoplifting charges, this means that the merchant or someone in his or her employ believes that you deliberately took something from the store without paying for it or attempted to do so. In order to convict you of shoplifting, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did all of the following:

  • Took the store’s property without permission
  • Intended to permanently deprive the store of that property
  • Willfully concealed or otherwise took possession of one or more items offered for sale in the store
  • Intended to deprive the store of this merchandise without paying for it

Understand why teens commit juvenile crimes

Teenagers in Tennessee and all across the country do not always make the wisest of decisions. In fact, not many individuals would be proud of every choice he or she made as an adolescent. While the vast majority of teens' actions are harmless, others have led to some serious consequences. Earlier in 2018, a 13-year-old boy was charged with juvenile crimes after he reportedly robbed a store in Hermitage. Experts have weighed in on the importance of better understanding why young people commit juvenile crimes such as this and how to prevent them.

In general, teens are more prone to take more risks in their lives. This could be attributed to the fact that teenagers' brains are not fully developed. Therefore, their decision-making capabilities and judgment are sometimes lacking. For example, those teens who commit crimes don't often consider long-term consequences of their actions, just the immediate thrill or possible gain.

Driver, passenger facing drunk driving charges following chase

Speeding on Tennessee roads and highways is never a good idea for motorists, especially if a driver has been drinking. Law enforcement officials across the state are cracking down on drunk driving and are rather vigilant about spotting drivers who are under the influence. A man from a neighboring state was recently stopped for speeding, then found himself facing more serious drug charges.

Officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol noticed a driver traveling north in a pickup truck on Interstate 81 at a high rate of speed.  With radar detection, the truck was reportedly traveling at 120 mph near Exit 23. Reportedly, the driver, a 33-year-old man, would not initially stop for the trooper following him. The patrol car, which had its siren and lights operating, could not overtake the vehicle at first, according to the officer on patrol.

4 facing drug charges in Weakley County

Cellphones have become a fixture to the majority of Tennessee residents. They are used constantly to keep in touch with others, plan activities and seek information. While the devices are viewed as beneficial to their owners in most scenarios, one cell phone recently led to multiple arrests for drug charges in Weakley County.

According to police reports, a search was conducted of a home after a warrant had been obtained. During the search, officers claim they found crystal methamphetamine, meth pipes, a loaded rifle and digital scales. A 43-year-old man was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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