A jittery Cocke County man flagged for lurking at a Morristown apartment complex early this morning demonstrated clarity and accurate self-assessment when Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators asked him if he was holding anything that would place him in legal peril, authorities say.

Judson Blake Shultz, a 38-year-old man who lives on Golf Course Road in Newport, replied he had “something real bad,” according to Deputy Chris Giles.

During a consensual search of Shultz and his Chevrolet pickup, Giles and Deputy Bradley Gilmer allegedly found 2.4 grams of heroin, 3.2 grams of crystal meth, a loaded handgun, a Suboxone strip, one Opana pill, two rolled joints, two unspecified legend drug pills, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia and $8,541 in suspected drug-sales proceeds.

The combination of drugs and the loaded firearm make Shultz a possible candidate for federal prosecution. The cash and Shultz truck will be subject to seizure. The defendant remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Giles and Gilmer were rolling around 12:30 a.m. when the call came out about at suspicious vehicle at the Down Towne Apartments on East Second North Street. They spotted Shultz’s pickup seconds later and tailed the defendant to Montvue Avenue. A burned-out driver-side brake light gave them probable cause to make the traffic stop, according to a warrant.

Shultz is charged with possession of heroin and methamphetamine for resale, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, simple possession of marijuana, Suboxone, a Schedule III drug, and legend drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The defendant told authorities he drove from Newport to the apartment complex to look at a friend’s car, according to a warrant.

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