BY KEN LITTLE
A 24-year-old Telford woman is the latest person charged by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with possession and sale of the synthetic drug "gravel."
Amber Sue Ann McCurry, of 496 Treadway Trail Road, was charged Tuesday with possession of synthetic drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An investigation into a person who was allegedly being held against their will at the Treadway Trail Road house led to McCurry's arrest, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release.
Several people were found inside the home, along with several plastic bags containing gravel.
"Deputies observed numerous items of drug paraphernalia strewn about the home along with items that would indicate distribution of a controlled substance," Graybeal said.
Detectives were called in to take over the investigation because of their knowledge of the homeowner, Graybeal said.
The home was searched after investigators received consent from the head of the household, Dyann J. Hale, who is currently held in the Washington County jail after being charged last week with possession of a controlled substance for resale in connection with a traffic sto
A quantity of gravel was found in the car that Hale, 50, was driving.
Her case is pending.
Investigators recovered about 64 grams of the substance believed to be gravel, a synthetic drug which contains the chemical Alpha-PVP.
"Initial indications lead investigators to believe the illegal substance is coming into the area from another country. Investigators also conducted interviews in reference to the sales of the substance," Graybeal said.
He said the interviews revealed that that drug has a street value of $280 per gram, making the amount seized worth $17,920.
Investigators also seized more than $2,100 in cash from the house, Graybeal said.
"Investigators have also linked the arrest and a recent arrest at the Sleep Inn off Airport Parkway in Sullivan County," Graybeal said.
McCurry's bond was set at $11,000. She was arraigned Wednesday in Washington County General Sessions Court.
Investigators found that McCurry is also wanted on a violation-of-probation warrant in Carter County.
Anyone with information on the sale of gravel, bath salts or any synthetic drug may contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (423) 788-1414 or the Greene County Sheriff's Office at (423) 798-1800.