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Sheriff: Woman found with street drug "Gravel" in traffic stop

November 7th, 2013 10:14 am by Becky Campbell

Sheriff: Woman found with street drug "Gravel" in traffic stop

Dyann Jenkins Hale

Washington County sheriff’s deputies found the first evidence of an addictive street drug known as “gravel” during a traffic stop Wednesday initiated because the vehicle had an improper license plate, court records said.

Dyann J. Hale, 50, 496 Treadway Trail Road, was arrested after deputies stopped her vehicle for improper registration and learned her license to drive had been revoked for DUI since June 2012.

Court documents said the license plate on the car Hale drove was not on file with the state and Hale could not produce a valid registration form. She also told officers she’d left her driver’s license at home, but gave them her name and date of birth.

During the investigation, officers checked the vehicle identification number through state records and found it was not registered to Hale, and the plate that should have been on it was also expired. Officers also discovered Hale’s license was revoked and she was taken into custody.

Upon her arrest, the vehicle was impounded and officers conducted an inventory of its contents. Deputies found six bags of “gravel,” the street term used to describe the compound alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone or alpha-PVP. The drug is a synthetic stimulant acting on the cardiovascular and central nervous system.

Deputies also found diverted prescription pills and paraphernalia used to ingest or smoke drugs.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the substances would be submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for analysis.

Hale was charged with violation of the registration law, operation of  vehicle without proper registration, driving on a revoked license, possession of a controlled substance analogue for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned on the charges in Sessions Court on Thursday and has a hearing scheduled next week. She was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $13,000 bond.

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