WalMart meth bust nets three arrests www.privateofficer.com
City police were called to the Volunteer Parkway store when a man was accused of stealing a siphon pump and tubing after he had just bought Coleman fuel, items often associated with the making of meth, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspicions of arriving police grew because the man already was the subject of a drug investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and so county deputies were called.
Arriving county investigators report immediately arresting him on meth-related charges because they said he had previously bought pseudoephedrine, also used to make meth, on several occasions, the release states.
Travis Fulton, 36, of Blountville, was charged with promotion of methamphetamine, police report.
Arriving officers also were suspicious of his girlfriend, Heather Callahan, 28, also at the store, because she had been released from jail last week. Officers, after asking to search her purse, reported finding a syringe, needle and other drug paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.
Once arrested at the scene, the girlfriend told officers that a group of friends were heading to the store to pick them up. One of the friends seemed to be nervous so was patted down and physically restrained when he resisted, the news release states. In the attempt to restrain him, police say two spoons, a plastic baggie containing a yellow substance thought to be meth, and other drug paraphernalia fell to the ground.
George Finocchiaro, 48, of Bristol, Tenn., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II drugs, resisting arrest and violation of probation, police report.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected to be placed in this case.