Three Hawkins residents arrested, street value of drugs $115K

Three convicted felons on a drug sale in Rogersville were charged Wednesday in a drug delivery which netted drugs with a street value of $115,300.

Charged in the case were:

• Matthew Lurt Cubbage, 33, of Smyrna, Georgia was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule I heroin with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule I ecstasy with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

• Misty Rowlls, 40, Douglasville, Georgia, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule I heroin with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule I ecstasy with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and

• Timothy Larson Burke, 51, Smyrna, Georgia, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule I heroin with intent to deliver, possession of paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I ecstasy with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving while in possession of meth.

According to a release by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Nathan Simpson on Wednesday, the HCSO’s Narcotics Unit received information that a man identified as T.J. (Cubbage) and unidentified passengers would be delivering a large quantity of narcotics to Timberline Drive in Rogersville and would arrive in a 2012 Nissan Versa with Georgia plates. The narcotics unit set up surveillance in the area and saw the vehicle arrive at Timberline Drive. At this time, Cubbage was identified as the front passenger in the vehicle. A high-risk traffic stop was conducted around 8 p.m., and Cubbage, along with passengers were identified and detained.

Burke was the driver of the vehicle, along with front passenger Cubbage and back seat passenger Rowlls.

During an interview with driver Burke, he said he had some syringes on him. Burke then said Cubbage told him to pull up and open the hood. The Versa was searched, which led to the discovery of drugs under the hood in the engine compartment, as well as a purse within the vehicle and in the trunk within a suitcase and pants. Drugs included were 1,131 grams (field weight) of methamphetamine with a street value of $90,500; 52 grams (field weight) of grey rock like substance believed to be "Grey Death" fentanyl; 39 grams (field weight) of “Pink" heroin; 720 dosage units of multi-color pills believed to be ecstasy with a street value of $6,000; and three grams (field weight) of “brown" heroin. Total street value of the heroin is $18,800.

Also discovered was a loaded Glock 19 generation 5, 9 mm pistol, located in the trunk inside of a suitcase. During the investigation it revealed all three subjects are convicted felons.

Cubbage has felony convictions in Georgia for possession/manufacturing marijuana, burglary and obstruction of law enforcement. He also has an active warrant from Ohio, but they will not extradite him from Tennessee.

Burke has felony convictions in Georgia for dangerous drug, theft of vehicle and being a habitual motor offender. Burke also has a federal conviction for fraudulently access device. Burke also has an active warrant from Florida, but they will not extradite him from Tennessee.

Rowlls has felony convictions in Georgia for manufacture/distribution of ecstasy and trafficking methamphetamine.

All three suspects were transported to the Hawkins County Jail for further investigation with written statements taken after a Miranda Warning had been given to all defendants. The Nissan Versa was seized by the Sheriff’s Office

The estimated total street value of the seized narcotics is as follows:

-Methamphetamine $90,500

- Heroin $18,800

- Ecstasy $6,000