Four area residents arrested in Erwin on drug charges

Brad Hicks • May 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

ERWIN — Investigations by the Narcotics Division of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department have led to several arrests over the past two days of people from out of the area allegedly attempting to bring drugs into the county to sell.

On Tuesday, two Elizabethton women were arrested for allegedly selling marijuana and pills to a confidential informant.

Tania Maria Sanjulian, 32, 641 Jena Beth Drive, and Virginia L. Crowl, 47, 112 S. Watauga Ave., were arrested and charged following the alleged transaction. Crowl was charged with sale of a schedule VI drug and conspiracy to sell a schedule II drug. Sanjulian was charged with sale of a schedule II drug.

According to the arrest reports, the informant had arranged to purchase an ounce of marijuana and six Percocet pills from Crowl. On Tuesday, the informant and an undercover UCSD officer met with Crowl and Sanjulian. The officer states in his report that he saw the informant give Crowl $240 in marked currency for the marijuana and Percocets.

Sanjulian, who was a passenger in Crowl’s car, took part in the transaction by giving the Percocets to Crowl to sell to the informant, according to the report.

Following the alleged transaction, both Crowl and Sanjulian were arrested and the marked currency was found in Crowl’s possession, according to the report. Sheriff Mike Hensley said a 1998 Chevy Malibu and $260 were seized by his department following the transaction.

On Wednesday evening, two others were arrested in an unrelated case for allegedly selling prescription pills to a confidential informant.

Angala Skeens, 46, 504 Beechwood Drive, Kingsport, and Gregory Lewis, 36, 191 Old Stoney Creek Road, Elizabethton, were arrested. Skeens was charged with criminal conspiracy to sell a schedule III drug, and Lewis was charged with sale of a schedule III drug, possession of a schedule III drug for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to arrest reports, an informant arranged for an undercover agent to purchase 45 Lortab pills from Lewis for $300 at a prearranged location in Unicoi County. The agent, who was wired and gave the $300 in marked currency, met with the informant and Lewis, the report states.

Lewis gave the agent 45 pills in exchange for the money, according to the report. The report also states Skeen was present during the transaction and took part in it by giving the agent a medicine bottle with her name on the front label to put the pills in. The report also states Lewis gave the informant seven pills for setting up the transaction.

Following the arrests, officers found a syringe and burnt spoon in Lewis’ possession, according to the report. Officers also recovered a medicine bottle with Lewis’ name on the label that had been filled Wednesday for 120 pills, but only 68 were left in the bottle, the report states.

Hensley said $305 was seized from Lewis following his arrest.

The department’s reports states Crowl and Sanjulian, as well as Lewis and Skeens, are scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Sessions Court on May 17.

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