JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- Traci Dowdy has been acquitted of felony drug charges over two years after her arrest.
She admitted at the time of her arrest she was in possession of drugs and was using them, according to a press release from the Eighth Judicial Public Defender’s Office.
On January 4, 2021, Campbell County Officers pulled Dowdy over. She admitted she had a meth pipe in the car and had used the pipe to smoke methamphetamine. The officers found drug paraphernalia and two small bags of methamphetamine in the car. Dowdy was charged with possession with intent to sell, a class “B” felony offense carrying eight to 30 years in prison, was not with simple possession, the release said.
After over two years of trying to settle the case, it was tried before a jury last week. Dowdy pled guilty to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license before the trial began, but left the issue of drug possession up to the jury. Eighth Judicial Public Defenders Matt Roberts and William Evans argued their client was guilty of simple possession (personal use), but had no intention of selling the drugs. At the end of the trial, the jury agreed.
Dowdy’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 10/6/2023- 6AM)