DeKalb County Sheriff's Department Nabs Alleged Cocaine-Meth Dealer

March 7, 2007
Dwayne Page

The Sheriff's Department Tuesday arrested a man described as a \"major cocaine and methamphetamine dealer\" in DeKalb and Warren Counties.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 34 year old Jose Antonio Bautista Morales of 10580 West Green Hill Road, Smithville is charged locally with unlawful possession of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), unlawful possession of a schedule III (Hydrocodone), unlawful possession of a schedule IV (Xanax and Valium), possession of a schedule VI (Marijuana), possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication. Total bond is $32,000.00. Morales has a Smithville address but he actually lives in Warren County.

According to Sheriff Ray, \" On the 6th day of March, a Detective with the DeKalb Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle on 1st Street in Smithville. Upon a search of the vehicle, the Detective found illegal narcotics including Dilaudid, Xanax, Valium, Marijuana, and Hydrocodone. Also found was drug paraphernalia and $1,765 in cash believed to be from the sale of illegal narcotics.\"

Sheriff Ray says \"Morales has been a major cocaine and methamphetamine dealer here in DeKalb and Warren Counties for sometime. Both departments have been working in cooperation with each other and we finally got the break we needed.\"

Warren county authorities were contacted about the DeKalb County traffic stop and a search warrant was executed on Morales' home in Warren County. The search netted approximately one ounce of cocaine, approximately one ounce of ice which is a purer form of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia including digital scales, gravity scales, pipes, and assorted baggies.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department seized the $1,765 and Morales' vehicle which is a 1998 Ford Mustang. The Tennessee Department of Revenue will also be contacted.

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