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Drugs found in traffic stops

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 1/13/22

Multiple drug-related charges were filed against two people following a traffic stop Tuesday night on East Lane Street.

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Drugs found in traffic stops

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Multiple drug-related charges were filed against two people following a traffic stop Tuesday night on East Lane Street.
Jason Todd Blevins, 46, of Eagle Boulevard is charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent to sell, driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, seventh offense driving on a revoked license and violation of the registration law. He was held on $36,500 bond.
Passenger Amy Buckingham, who was listed on the Bedford County Jail intake as Amy Shantel Merlo, 40, of the same Eagle Boulevard address, was charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $25,000.
Blevins was stopped by Officer Dylan Bliss due to an expired license tag on his SUV. Bliss and Officer Bailey Dineen allegedly found a small bag of crack cocaine in Blevins’ clothing. A large sandwich bag containing 3 to 4 ounces of crystal meth, a second smaller bag of crack cocaine and a liquid meth-loaded syringe were found in Buckingham’s purse, the police report said.
Buckingham told police only the syringe was hers and the meth belonged to Blevins. He told officers the meth belonged to neither.
•Crystal methamphetamine was confiscated from a vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday, according to a Shelbyville police report.
Driver Nathan Shane Lynch, 37, and passenger Joe Joseph Walker, 43, were each charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug and paraphernalia. Lynch was listed as “homeless” and police had no address for Lynch.
Officer Ramon Castillo found a meth pipe on Lynch, two syringes from Walker and 1 gram of meth inside the vehicle which neither claimed, the report said.
Lynch was also charged with a seat belt violation and driving on a revoked license and held on $750 bond. A summons was issued to Walker.
Thefts
A white 2011 Ford F150 pickup was stolen from a building in the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue Tuesday, police were told.
The keys had been left in the truck, the owner said.
•Purses were stolen Monday afternoon from two locked vehicles at Planet Fitness, Lane Parkway.
Windows were broken in both to gain entry, police said.
•A Taurus .380 pistol, $100 and an e-cigarette were stolen Monday from a vehicle at a home in the 2600 block of Highway 130 East, a Sheriff’s Office report saia.
A suspect was named. The victim did not think it was a random theft.
•The dealer license plate was removed from a vehicle at V&R Auto Sales, U.S. 41A North.
Possible fraud
A woman who paid $50 in advance for firewood allegedly being sold by a Facebook user contacted a deputy after the “seller” said he had none.
The victim said she’s unsure if the “seller,” who claims to be from Hillsboro, actually exists or if the Facebook account is fake.
Jail intake
The following were charged since Monday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
•Miguel Bartolome Hernandez, 36, Green Lane; DUI, no driver’s license, financial responsibility; released, $5,000 bond
•Jason Todd Blevins, 46, Eagle Boulevard; driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II drug with intent to sell, violation of order of protection, driving on revoked license (seventh offense), registration law, possession of drug paraphernalia; held, $36,500 bond
•Nathan Shane Lynch, 37, homeless, Shelbyville; seat belt violation, revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule II drug; held, $750 bond
•Amy Shantel Merlo, 40, Eagle Boulevard; possession of schedule II drug with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II drug, possession of schedule VI drug; held, $25,500 bond
•Ray Devonte Lyons, 29, Wheeler Street; driving on suspended license, light law; summons issued
•Jay Dalton Pope, 29, Perry Acres Road; bench warrant, failure to appear, held for Moore County
•Clinton Michael Reed, 29, Frank Martin Road; violation of parole, aggravated burglary; held, no bond
•Jesus Millan Salgado, 57, Clifford Allison Drive; driving on expired license; held, no bond
•Austin Lee Smith, 31, Buckingham Lane; aggravated assault; released, $3,500 bond
•Joe Joseph Walker, 43, no address available, Shelbyville; simple possession of schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia; summons delivered
•Alexis Marie West, 22, Barksdale Lane; failure to appear; released, $2,500 bond

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