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Pineville man arrested after turning from checkpoint and attempting to conceal drugs at a home

From The Bell County Sheriff's Department -

Eric Bryant - BCDC

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department conducted a safety checkpoint on Highway 72 in the Blackmont community.

During the operation, Sgt. Frank Foster observed a vehicle turn abruptly into a driveway. The sergeant went to the location initiating a traffic stop finding an individual, identified as 49-year-old Eric Bryant of Pineville, who had exited the vehicle and was standing at the door of the residence.

Sgt. Foster knew Bryant to have a suspended operator’s license. After being asked what he was doing at the home and for a name of anyone living at the residence, Bryant could not provide any answers. He did state he turned into the driveway because he didn’t want to get a ticket for having a suspended license.

Chaplain Allen Sanders made contact with the homeowner who stated they had no idea who Bryant was. The sergeant was then asked to come to the porch as the chaplain was speaking to the homeowner. The homeowner stated that there were two bags laying on the porch where Bryant had been standing alone when the sergeant arrived. Sgt. Foster then retrieved the bags which contained a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.

Eric Bryant was then taken into custody and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense – greater then 2 grams (Methamphetamine), fleeing or evading police – 2nd degree (motor vehicle), operating on a suspended/revoked operators license, and tampering with physical evidence.

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