Three indicted on drug charges

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Marshall County grand jury handed down just four indictments at their meeting last week, and three of those related to drug cases.

* Tamira Nishelle Thomas, 24, of Atlanta, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver not less than 10, or more than 70, pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. On Oct. 13, 2009, Thomas was a passenger in the vehicle driven by James Earl Bragg Jr., 26, of Murfreesboro, when he was stopped for speeding and passing on the double yellow line in Cornersville. According to the Affidavit of Complaint sworn out by Cornersville Police Chief Todd Bone who performed the traffic stop, Thomas was sitting in the back of the car, next to a duffle bag containing bricks of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was estimated at 40 pounds, and the car was reportedly a rental vehicle with papers from New Mexico. Lewisburg City Attorney Bill Haywood has been appointed to represent Thomas.

* Wanda Gail Shelton, 45, formerly of Haynes Street, now incarcerated in the Tennessee Prison for Women, received a 12-count indictment, charging her with six counts of sale and delivery of oxycodone (a Schedule II drug), dihydrocodeinone (Schedule III), and alprazolam (Schedule IV) to a confidential informant on Nov. 7, 2007.

The other six counts of the indictment relate to possession with intent to sell and deliver the same drugs. The drugs were found when agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force conducted a consensual search of the Haynes Street residence on Nov. 28. During that search, 49 Percocet, 55 Xanax, 23 Lortab, and a pill bottle filled with items used to smoke crack cocaine were found.

"Agent Ostermann observed two Xanax tablets in plain view. Shelton admitted that she intended to exchange those two Xanax tablets for crack cocaine," wrote agent Tim Miller in his Affidavit of Complaint.

* John Paul Hurt, 59, of Peartree Apartments, Lewisburg, received a two-count indictment, charging him with possession with intent to sell and deliver less than 0.5 grams of cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance. The cocaine was found during a consensual search of a vehicle driven by William Hurt that was pulled over for a traffic violation in Lewisburg on March 12, 2009.

"The passenger, John Hurt Jr., claimed ownership of the crack cocaine," wrote Miller in his Affidavit of Complaint.

* Darrick Lashun Greer, 30, of Spring Place Road, received a six-count indictment, with all the charges stemming from a traffic stop on Aug. 4, 2009. Greer was charged with driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender and with driving on a revoked license (fifth offence). He was also charged with four violations of the seatbelt law, since two children, and two other passengers in the vehicle, were not properly restrained.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That is determined by a guilty plea, or by a trial.