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Bell jail officials find half ounce of Meth on Jonesville Va woman arrested for driving infractions

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On Friday October 1, 2021, Middlesboro Police Officer Ryan Collins stopped a gold Chevrolet on Highway 25E at Tractor Supply for speeding. Once making contact with the driver, 45 year-old Elizabeth Sweeney of Jonesville Va, it was discovered she had a suspended DUI operator’s license.


Officer Collins also states in the citation that Sweeney was acting nervous and gave conflicting information to him. K-9 Atlas gave a positive alert on the vehicle and Sweeney admitted to stuffing a bag of suspected Methamphetamine in her bra. Also found in the vehicle was a Methamphetamine pipe and distribution baggies in a magnetic box under the driver's seat.


Sweeney was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with speeding 10 miles over the limit, possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, and driving on a DUI suspended license – 1st offense.


Officer Collins, suspicious that Sweeney had more drugs on her person, waited for female jail staff to do a more thorough search. A short time later, a deputy jailer discovered approximately a half ounce of suspected Methamphetamine in a baggie on Sweeney.


She was then charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine) and promoting contraband – 1st degree.


Elizabeth Sweeney is being held on a $2,500 cash bond.

Also arrested was passenger 33-year-old Jeffrey Taylor of Rose Hill, Va., who had several outstanding warrants. Taylor is being held on a $1,000 cash bond.

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