2 drug arrests made after traffic stops
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 02, 2013 | 2659 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deputy Ben Clayton made two separate arrests during traffic stops after he noticed the odor of suspected marijuana coming from one of the driver’s vehicles, and found a suspected marijuana cigarette in the other driver’s car.

According to his reports, Clayton noticed a blue Nissan traveling on Bates Pike.

The driver allegedly failed to maintain his lane of travel several times.

After making the stop, Clayton was able to identify the driver as Anthony Hunt, 21. Hunt’s drivers license had been suspended for failure to satisfy a citation. A consent to search was obtained and Clayton found part of a suspected marijuana cigarette in the center console of the car.

Hunt was taken into custody and charged with driving on suspended license and possession of Schedule VI.

Clayton also arrested Ronald Wehunt, 47, on suspected drug violations after he performed a traffic stop for a broken tail light.

According to his report, Wehunt had a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from his vehicle and person.

After getting consent to search the vehicle, Clayton found four suspected marijuana roaches in the console of the vehicle.

Wehunt was taken into custody and charged with driving on a suspended license and simple possession of marijuana, no insurance and violation of the light law, according to the report.

- An alleged graduation party at a local residence resulted in charges against one person.

According to reports from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Jennifer B. Hooper, 43, was charged on a citation for 11 counts of contributing to delinquency of minors.

The report filed by deputy Steve McCullough indicated that he made contact with two young men just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, at Westwood Baptist Church after reportedly seeing them in the parking lot.

McCullough said he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from their person.

After questioning the two, it was determined they had been at the Hooper residence which was located near the church. The deputy found there were several other juveniles in the home as well.

McCullough and deputy Ben Clayton responded to the address and eventually made contact with Hooper.

Hooper reportedly told the deputies she “did know about the alcohol being consumed by minors, but that she did not purchase it for them,” according to the report.

The parents of the alleged underaged were contacted and responded to the residence “to pick them up.”

According to the report, their ages ranged from 16 to 19 years of age.

No charges were filed against those who were underaged, according to officials at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Hooper was cited to appear in Bradley County General Sessions Court June 25.

- A utility trailer valued at $2,000 was taken from a Waterlevel Highway address during the weekend, according to a report filed by deputy Earl Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Hoskins said his 16-foot tandem-axle trailer had gone missing from his property.

The trailer was described as being black with angle-iron railing. The bed of the trailer had been finished with 2x6 and 2x8 boards.

Information was collected and passed along to Criminal Investigations Division detectives.