JELLICO, TN (WLAF) – Last Thursday, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Williams saw an orange Ford Edge backed into the Newcomb Cemetery in the grassy area of the cemetery. Williams allegedly saw the driver passed out in the driver’s seat. After about two minutes of Williams trying to wake him, the driver woke up and tried to start the SUV.
Williams told the driver, identified as Benjamin Cody Stevens, to get out of the vehicle, and while getting out of the Edge, Williams allegedly noticed a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance halfway out of Stevens’ back left pants pocket. When asked if he had anything illegal on him, Stevens stated that he had some “clear” and scales on him, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. Williams noticed Stephens was allegedly unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.
A search of Stevens and his SUV yielded a white crystal-like substance in his right front pants pocket. Also found was a baggie containing a white crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a set of digital scales with a white residue on them in Stevens’ left front pants pocket, the report said.
Stevens said he didn’t have any identification with him and gave a false name and date of birth to the deputy. While Williams was checking for a driver’s license under the alleged name, he was joined by Patrolman Hurney with the Jellico Police Department. Hurney knew the man and gave his correct name to which Williams was able to confirm with a prior arrest. Williams went back to the vehicle and found two hypodermic syringes, multiple baggies matching the one that was found in Stevens’ pocket containing a white crystal-like substance.
Stevens was unable to produce a title or registration for the SUV. Williams learned that Stevens had multiple warrants out of Campbell, Knox and Whitley County.
Stevens, 19, 121 Falls Branch Rd, Jellico was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), criminal impersonation, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver’s license, violation of TN financial law, violation of registration law, violation implied consent law, capias/bench warrant and hold for another agency.
A Sept. 27 court date awaits Stevens. He remains housed this morning in the Campbell County Jail. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/22/2022-6AM)