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Johnson City teen's drug charge thrown out after search deemed questionable

May 20th, 2013 12:50 pm by Becky Campbell

Johnson City teen's drug charge thrown out after search deemed questionable

Thomas Garrett Workman

A Johnson City man facing a drug sale charge from a November search at his apartment “dodged a bullet,” a judge told him Monday because prosecutors threw out the case.

Thomas Garrett Workman, 19, had faced possession of marijuana for resale after a November 26 incident that began with an alleged threat to a student at the Science Hill High School Alternative School.

Assistant District Attorney Robin Ray said she didn’t believe she could keep the search intact for the case.

“After reviewing the case file, I did not think the seizure would hold up against a suppression hearing,” she said.

After hearing Ray’s explanation, Judge Robert Cupp told Workman how lucky he was.

“Unbelievable. You dodged a bullet,” Cupp said.

The search and seizure happened when Johnson City police officers went to Princeton Greens Apartments, 302 Princeton Road, No. 24, to follow up that alleged threat. According to court records,  when Workman answered the door, a “strong odor of marijuana” came from the apartment.

The affidavit states that the officers made entry and that Workman and another man who lived there, Tonio Alberto Jose Regalado, 19, consented to a search.

Officers found about 64 grams of marijuana, a loaded pistol, drug paraphernalia, several boxes of ammunition, several plastic baggies and over $5,300 in cash.

Both were charged with being in possession of marijuana for resale. Regalado’s case was dismissed in General Sessions Court, but Workman waived a preliminary hearing so his case went to Criminal Court.

Ray said she did not present the case to a grand jury based on the search.

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