Prompted by a kidnapping report, Johnson City police arrested two Chattanooga men Monday after finding drugs, processing equipment and cash in a motel room, police said in a news release.
The kidnapping report claimed a woman was being held against her will in room 119 at Ramada Inn, 2606 N. Roan St. The report was unfounded, because two women found in that room told police they were not being held against their wills; however, officers saw narcotics and drug equipment in plain view in the room, according to the release.
After arriving at the motel, police received a key to the room from the front desk clerk but the door to 119 was barred from the inside. The officers who responded knocked and announced themselves as police and heard commotion inside the room but no one answered, so an officer kicked open the door.
Inside the room, police saw two women sitting on the bed and two men, one of whom was flushing something down the toilet, according to a police report.
The two men, identified as Dewyane E. Campbell, 23, 2408 E. 4th St., and Jeremy J. Whatley, 26, 1669 Dodson Ave., both of Chattanooga, lied about their identities, police said.
Along with marijuana, some pills and scales, officers found about $6,000 in cash in the room and seized it, believing it was from drug sales proceeds.
Campbell was charged with two counts of identity theft, simple possession and possession of drug equipment. Whatley was charged with identity theft and simple possession.
Campbell also was found to have outstanding warrants from Chattanooga.
Both were jailed in the Washington County Detention Center, Whatley on $11,000 bond and Campbell on $22,000 bond. Both were to appear Monday in Sessions Court.
Some cell phones found in the room began receiiving text messages while police were there, with the senders “wanting to show up,” police wrote in the report.
These texts led police to arrest three more people who came to the motel to buy drugs, the report said.