Contraband under the waistband earns charges

Friday, January 26, 2018

From Staff Reports

An expired car registration led to a serious set of charges for one Lewisburg man.


Officers stopped acar at a store on Ellington Parkway afetr noticing the expired sticker.

A passenger in the vehicle, Marcus Wilkerson, 21, became aggravated by the stop, according to the report, and claimed harrassment by lew enforcement.

The vehicle owner consented to a search of the vehicle, and when patting Wilkerson down, officers discovered a scale with methamphetimine residue on it in his pocket.

A police dog alerted on a backback claimed by Wilkerson and officers discovered a bottle containing liquid codeine inside.

According to the report, Wilkerson denied having any other illegal drugs on his person, prior to a search at the Marshall County Jail.

At the jail, he became “belligerant and combative” requiring the use of pepper spray in order to gain compliance for a search.

Officers found approximately 25 grams of marijuana, 2 grams of methamphetamine, and seven narcotic pills concealed in plastic bags in Wilkerson’s underwear.

He was charged with possession of Schedule II and VI drugs for resale, two counts of simple posession of Schedule II drugs, simple possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

Bond was set at $32,000.

• On Jan. 7, LPD responded to a report from Colburn Drive after a mna reported that his roommmate had stolen his car.

En route to the call, officers received notice that the car had been crashed on Scenic Drive.

While on route to that location, a report came in of a truck stolen nearby on Midway Street, before being stopped at the intersection of Maple Street and East Berkley.


The driver, Zachary McDaniel, was determined to have taken his roommmate’s car, wrecked it, and then taking the Dodge Ram, which had been running in a driveway.

McDaniel was charged with theft over $5,000 for the roommate’s car, theft over $70,000 for the Dodge, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, and driving on a suspended license.

His bond was set at $18,500.

• On. Jan. 10, LPD stopped a vehicle after it ran the red light at 2nd Avenue and Water Street.


The driver, Shannon Ghea, was found to have a warrant for violation of probation.

As she exited the vehicle, officers noticed that she kept covering her mouth and discovered that she was trying to swallow something.

Extracting the object, officers believed that, due to appearance, it was methamphetamine wrapped in paper.

She was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of a Schedule II drug, and probation violation.

Bond was set at $2,500.

• Jamar Braden was charged on Jan. 3 with criminal impersonation after offering a false identity to Lewisburg Police.


Braden was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on Mooresville Highway.

He gave officers a name, as well as a birthdate in 1960, which immediately raised suspicions because the 34-year-old Braden did not look 22 years older than he was.

He finally identified himself once at the Marshall County Jail, when officers discovered several outstanding felony warrants on him issued in Maury County.

• On Dec. 28, Lewisburg Police officers responded to a single vehicle crash on Old Farmington Road at Nashville Highway.

The driver, Clint Rich, said that a person had run in front of his vehicle, causing him to go into the ditch.

Officers discovered a Suboxone strip on his person and, according to the report, saw a vial containing a white powder fall out of his pants.

Rich reportedly identified the powder as cocaine.

His performance on field sobriety tests was described as “unsatisfactory.”

He was charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of a Schedule II drug, and simple possession of a Schedule III drug. Bond was set at $3,000.