Man arrested for threatening deputy on Facebook

John Thompson • Mar 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who previously had been arrested on a methamphetamine charge was back in jail after allegedly making threats toward a Carter County deputy.

Dustin Caleb Potter, 29, 203 Old Charity Hill Road, was arrested early Thursday morning by Deputy Matthew Ainsworth of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of retaliation for past action. He is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on April 23.

Ainsworth said the arrest came following a tip from a regional television station that had alerted the Bristol, Va., Police Department about comments that had been posted on Potter’s personal Facebook page on the Internet.

The alleged comments from Potter were: “Hell yea bro gitem. They are getting ridiculous around here they think if u got a mason jar that your straight mass producing hell bro u know what happened I ain’t done nothing since and I’m still getting followed around and if I catch that pig that was going thru my baby mamas trash like a ful stick I got that ak47 n I will touchem up. Holla at ya. Boy Cody and stay low key not 3d.”

Ainsworth said the threat stems from an arrest Feb. 13, when the deputy arrested Potter on a charge of promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine. Ainsworth said one of the items found on Potter’s possession was a Mason jar that had been modified in a way that would be consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Ainsworth said the comments about “going thru my baby mamas trash” was from an incident Feb. 4 when Sgt. Derrick Hamm, Deputy James Stevens and Ainsworth responded to a smoke-investigation call. Ainsworth found that smoke was coming from a trash fire next to a mobile home on Betty Street in Hampton,

He said the deputies dug through the trash to make sure the fire was out and the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department did not need to respond.

Ainsworth said the mobile home was once Potter’s residence. He said Potter had a child with the woman who still resides at the trailer.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department became aware of the threats after Major Sean P. Carrigan of the Bristol, Va., Police Deparment took the tip from the television station and emailed the information to Lt. Penny Cornett of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on March 12. Cornett passed the information to Hamm.

Potter was found at the Zoomerz gas station on Broad Street at 3 a.m. Tuesday and was taken into custody on the charge.

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