Hawkins jailer allegedly finds meth in 'body cavity' of assault suspect

Jeff Bobo • Dec 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Kingsport woman who police say was uncooperative and became physical with a Hawkins County deputy during a car crash investigation Sunday was allegedly found at the jail to have meth hidden in a “body cavity.”

Anjulia Christine Atkins, 23, 1017 W. Stone Drive, was being booked on misdemeanor charges. The alleged discovery of meth added the charge of introduction of Schedule II narcotics into a penal institution, which is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years if convicted.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dustin Winter assisted Deputy Kevin Johnson at the scene of a single-vehicle accident Sunday in the Beech Creek community where the occupants of the vehicle were described by officers as “extremely uncooperative.”

Atkins reportedly told deputies the driver had left to get a tire, but refused to give the driver’s name “because he may have warrants.”

A tow truck was called to remove the vehicle from private property, but Atkins refused to hand over the keys.

Winters described Atkins as “agitated and argumentative,” and she along with two other occupants of the vehicle were patted down.

Winter stated in his report that he felt the car keys in Atkins’ coat pocket during the pat-down.

“I reached for the key to get it out of her pocket, and that is when she grabbed my hand and would not let go,” Winter said. “I had to sternly tell the suspect to let me go, and after a brief pause she did.”

Atkins was then placed in custody and handcuffed, at which time she allegedly stated that her friends allowed her to use the vehicle, Winter said in his report.

A metal straw was allegedly found in her pocket, and she was charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, duty to give information, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Upon Atkins’ being booked into the Hawkins County Jail, however, a female officer allegedly found her to be in possession of one gram of meth, which was hidden in a body cavity.

Atkins was additionally charged with possession of meth and introduction of Schedule II narcotics into a penal institution.

As of Wednesday, Atkins was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $3,000 bond with her next court appearance scheduled for Dec. 9 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.