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Drug roundup continues in Carter County, first convictions reached in Sessions Court

John Thompson • Mar 21, 2018 at 7:04 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said officers from his department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are still rounding up the remainder of 61 individuals indicted by a Carter County grand jury this month. The roundup began on Tuesday.

Many of those arrested will answer the charges against them in Criminal Court in May, but others who had not been indicted, but who had been arrested during the roundup, made their first appearance in Sessions Court on Wednesday.

One of those was Morgan Ashley Stough, 20, 104 Sneed Hill Road. Stough was on the scene at 1457 Charity Hill Road on Tuesday morning when the most dramatic moment of the roundup took place. Officers had come to the home to serve an indictment on Joshua Hartley.

As they approached the house, officers said they noticed a man run from the side of the yard into the garage. The garage door was wide open. As the officers entered the garage, they noticed Stough sitting in a chair next to a makeshift table.

Stough was handcuffed and detained as officers searched for the man they had seen running into the garage. As the officers searched, they said the man barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom.

Meanwhile, officers searched the area where Stough had been sitting and reported finding drug paraphernalia and ammunition in plain view. The officers asked Stough who had barricaded themselves win the house and she told them she did not know. She reportedly said Hartley was her boyfriend.

Lunceford said there was a pit bull dog with the barricaded man. The department called its K-9 team to the residence. The man soon surrendered. He was identified as Terry Teaster and arrested on a failure to appear warrant out of Sessions Court. Hartley was not found at the house.

After Teaster was arrested, officers inventoried the items in the immediate vicinity of Stough. They reported finding digital scales, a glass pipe containing a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, and a Jennings/Bryco 38 .380-automatic pistol.

Stough was arrested on charges of manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and having a prohibited weapon.

Stough pleaded guilty on the weapons charge and the methamphetamine charge. The paraphernalia possession charge was dismissed. On the methamphetamine charge, Stough was sentenced to 30 days, with credit for time served. She was fined $750 and ordered to pay court costs. On the weapons charge, Stough was fined $50 and ordered to pay courts costs.

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