Michael J Tolley
Michael J Tolley

Traffic Stop Lands Johnson City Man in Jail

Johnson City man caught with drugs, jewelry following routine traffic stop.

August 30, 2012 According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Investigators with the Criminal Interdiction unit arrested Michael J Tolley, age 34, 127 Lowridge Rd., Johnson City after finding Tolley impeding traffic and nearly causing an accident in the Miller Road area of Jonesborough.

Tolley's paperwork and license was checked, which revealed a suspended driver's license. Tolley was taken into custody for that offense. During an inventory of Tolley's vehicle Interdiction Investigators discovered a black bag containing approximately 1 ounce of marijuana and a one-quarter ounce of Psilocybin mushrooms, digital scales, and drug containers along with a bag of gold jewelry which had the precious gemstones removed.

Tolley is currently on probation in Carter County Tennessee and North Carolina for Possession of Stolen Property.

Tolley was charged with Possession of Schedules 1 and 6 for Resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on a Suspended License. More charges are pending following an investigation into the jewelry discovered.

Tolley's bond was set at $22,000 and he was arraigned in Session Court this morning. He is currently being held on the same bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

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On January 7, 2013 officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested two juvenile males, both of Johnson City, and charged them with possession of marijuana for resale. The arrest is the result of a traffic stop due to a headlight violation. During the stop, approximately 21.4 grams of a green leafy substance, preliminarily identified as marijuana, was discovered in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was additionally charged with juvenile DUI and light law violation.

The juvenile passenger of the vehicle had an odor of alcohol on his breath and was also found in possession of a digital scale, glass pipe and rolling papers. He was additionally charged with underage consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both juveniles were transported to the police department for processing and released to their parents. A juvenile court date is set for January 18, 2013 at 9:00am
On 12/19/2012, Officers charged Kevin Tolley (W/M, 08/14/1975) with Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture after an investigation related on a traffic stop on 12/16/2012 on Marketplace Blvd that resulted in the discovery of several common components used to manufacture Methamphetamine: forty-eight pseudoephedrine pills, several feet of plastic tubing, a bottle of Drain-O, and eight Lithium batteries. Tolley is being held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear at Washington County General Sessions Court on 12/20/2012 at 9:00 a.m.
On 12/16/2012, officers observed a vehicle near the intersection of N. State of Franklin Road and Knob Creek Road with a broken tail light. Upon stopping this vehicle, officers made contact with the occupants, one of which was Danial R. Kiko (W/M, 08/09/1984) of General Delivery, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601. Kiko, after lying about his identity, was taken into custody and searched. This search revealed two glass pipes and a syringe used for ingesting illegal drugs, forty-eight pseudoephedrine pills, and three grams of Morphine.

In addition to these items, a search of the vehicle revealed items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Upon arrival at the Washington County Detention Center, Kiko was searched again and found to be in possession of additional narcotics and paraphernalia which he had hidden in his pants. Kiko is charged with criminal impersonation, simple possession of schedule II, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and the introduction of contraband into a penal facility. Kiko is being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $22,000 bond. His arraignment hearing is set for 12/17/2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County's General Sessions Court.

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Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.