Renee B Luttrell
Renee B Luttrell

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest for Afton Woman

Minor traffic violation leads to arrest of passenger and discovery of secreted illegally diverted prescription pills.

February 27, 2013 - According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Criminal Interdiction Investigators arrested Renee B Luttrell, age 31, 35 Shanks Park, Afton; after stopping the vehicle in which she was riding for a minor traffic violation. While running standard checks for warrants, driver's license validity, up to date registration and insurance; Investigators asked Luttrell to step out of the vehicle. A few minor inquiries into whether Luttrell had anything illegal on her person led to her handing the Investigator a small baggie of diverted Diazepam pills.

A search of her purse led to recovery of drug paraphernalia including straws and spoons with drug residue along with more diverted pills, Diazepam and Oxycodone. After being arrested, she was transported to the Washington County Detention Center. Once there, the Investigator advised her that any illegal item found on her person would result in a separate Felony charge, which prompted Luttrell to retrieve a small baggie of marijuana from inside her pants.

Luttrell was taken inside the detention center where she was again asked if she had anything illegal on her person, this time she retrieved another hypodermic from inside her pants. Detention Officers quickly discovered she had attempted to secret a bottle containing over 63 more illegally diverted prescription pills by partially inserting it into a body orifice. Once confronted Luttrell removed and handed over the bottle which contained Clonazepam, Alprazolam, and Diazepam along with other prescription pills.

Luttrell was charged with Possession of Schedules II and IV for Resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession of Schedule VI and Introduction of Drugs Into a Penal Facility. Luttrell's bond was set at $32,000 and she is scheduled for arraignment today in Sessions court.

According to the Tennessee Dept. of Health and Substance Abuse Services reports "abuse of prescription opioids (pain relievers) is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded substance abuse treatment services." Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) reports,
Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a major problem in the state of Tennessee. Drug diversion investigators are now aggressively pursuing those who overprescribe, "doctor shop" or illegally sell scheduled prescription drugs.

The criminal diversion of these drugs encompasses everything from prescription fraud by individual addicts to profit motivated traffickers. The spectrum of violators is broad and includes healthcare practitioners and patients, pain management clinics, traditional pharmacies, and Internet pharmacies. Currently, the statewide task force has four regional task forces across the state. The efforts of these task forces will be to information share, investigate and curtail this ever-growing problem.

Posted March 21, 2013

 






 



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