A Knoxville, Tennessee, man failed to tell officers he had a large amount of drugs on him while being booked into the Jackson County Jail on Monday.
Sgt. Josh Clark discovered several bags of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, crack and ecstasy, hidden on Shannon Donte Lewis, 34, as Clark was performing a clothing exchange and search of Lewis during the booking process, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Lewis had been taken to the jail in Brownstown by Indiana State Police after a traffic stop led to his arrest on charges of possession of a controlled substance for drugs troopers located in his vehicle and operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license.
Lt. Andy Wayman said Lewis had been hiding a significant amount of drugs in the front of his pants and had attempted to run away from Clark toward a restroom in order to flush the drugs down a toilet.
Clark was able to quickly deploy his Taser on Lewis and stop him, at which time Lewis began to scream, alerting other jail staff of the situation.
No one was injured during the incident.
Wayman said the drugs were individually packaged, likely so they could be sold, and were then secured in another sealed bag.
In all, there were around 80 grams of drugs recovered worth a street value of about $5,000, Wayman said.
Lewis faces additional charges of trafficking, a Level 5 felony; dealing cocaine and dealing heroin, both Level 2 felonies; dealing a Schedule I controlled substance, a Level 6 felony; and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.
Clark was assisted by Jail Officer Joe Barnes, Sgt. David Ridlen, jail nurse Ed Rutan, Jail Commander Charlie Murphy and Detective Ben Rudolph.
“We’re lucky to have such trained professionals at our jail that were able to locate the drugs and handle the situation. They are pretty sharp over there. Not much gets past them,” Wayman said. “If those drugs would have got out into the jail, it would have caused a lot of problems and potential overdoses.”