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Shoplifting report leads to drug charges against man

Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 8, 2018 at 10:12 PM

An Elizabethton man was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges after he was reportedly found cutting open packages at a Johnson City department store.

According to a release from the Johnson City Police Department, officers were sent to Target, 2116 N. Roan St., to investigate a report of a man cutting open packages and concealing items on his person.

Police made contact with James C. Scalf, 35, 915 Dejarnette St., Elizabethton, and searched him in connection with the shoplifting report. Police said they found Scalf was possession of 5.04 grams of a white rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a green leafy substance with a marijuana smell and schedule III and IV prescription narcotics as well as a digital scale.

Scalf was charged with possession of schedule II narcotics, theft of property under $1,000 and unlawful drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was held on $12,000 bond. He will be arraigned Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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