A Kingsport man on probation for burglary and theft was arrested Tuesday for intent to distribute meth in the Stanley Valley area of Hawkins County.
Michael William Sproles, 29, of Bowater Drive, Kingsport, was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a release by Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, around 8:30 p.m., the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and patrol division arrived at a Stanley Valley Road residence in reference to receiving information that a man was in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine. As officers approached the house, they observed a man sitting on the porch, later identified as Sproles. When Sproles saw deputies, he attempted to flee from the porch and run into the house, disobeying commands to stop. Sproles was taken into custody inside the residence without incident.
During the investigation officers observed a large quantity of controlled substances and cash on the porch where Sproles was sitting moments earlier. Officers seized approximately 7.2 grams of meth, 21.2 grams of marijuana, several empty plastic Ziploc bags, scales, and $850 in cash.
Sproles was arrested and transported to the Hawkins County Jail where he remained in custody at the time of this press release pending an arraignment in Hawkins County General Session Court. Sproles is currently on probation through the Tennessee Department of Corrections for a previous felony conviction for burglary and theft.