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Drugs on I-75: THP searches for Atlanta man who ran from traffic stop

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 1, 2019 at 11:18 AM

MADISONVILLE — Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers sought public assistance Tuesday in their search for a Georgia man who successfully escaped an Interstate 75 traffic stop in Monroe County involving a large cache of crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana.

The subject of the manhunt was 28-year-old Silvester Loyal of Atlanta.

In a news release, the THP said Trooper Kevin Stroup stopped a vehicle on I-75 in Monroe County for a traffic violation. As he interviewed the driver, Stroup noticed signs of deception. THP Sgt. Carll Duryea arrived and assisted with the stop.

Loyal granted permission for the troopers to search the vehicle, the THP said in the release, but ran away during the search. He crossed the interstate median and into adjacent woods. Both troopers immediately chased him on foot, but he got away.

Troopers later found a backpack hidden under the floor of the trunk. It contained about 4.4 pounds of crystal meth, 1.3 pounds of cocaine and 3 pounds of marijuana.

The THP obtained warrants charging Loyal with felony possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana trafficking, evading arrest, and other traffic offenses.

Anyone with information that could help authorities in the search was asked to call the THP 1-800-490-3490 attention Trooper Kevin Stroup.

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