HCSO: Couple tried to sell 77 grams of rock salt as meth

Jeff Bobo • Feb 8, 2020 at 8:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A couple who allegedly tried to pass off 77 grams of rock salt as methamphetamine and sell it for $1,050 last week in Surgoinsville face multiple charges including sale and deliver of an imitation controlled substance.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Lawson reportedly received a tip on Jan. 31 that a couple in possession of meth would be traveling to the Surgoinsville Market on Highway 11-W that morning in a silver SUV with a Florida temporary tag.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Lawson located the SUV on Carters Valley Loop beside the store. The driver was identified as Jacklyn Grace Vanderpool, 25, of Kingsport, who was wanted in Sullivan County for failure to pay fines in 2016.

Vanderpool’s passenger was identified as Justin Wayne Caudill, 29, of Jonesborough, whom Lawson identified as a reputed member of the AVLN (Almighty Vice Lord Nation) street gang.

Upon confronting the couple, Lawson reportedly observed in the passenger seat a large baggie which contained 77 grams of rock salt, a substance which looks somewhat like meth.

A smaller baggie in the floorboard allegedly contained 2.7 grams of actual meth.

Upon searching the vehicle, deputies also allegedly seized a loaded syringe, digital scales, and a glass pipe.

“The investigation revealed that Jacklyn and Justin were meeting someone at Surgoinsville Market to sell them 77 grams of fake meth, rock salt, for $1,050, and that Jacklyn and Justin were going to split the proceeds,” Lawson stated in his report.

On Monday, Caudill and Vanderpool were arraigned in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including possession of meth with intent to deliver, deliver of imitation controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vanderpool was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license.

As of Thursday, Caudill was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $75,000 bond and Vanderpool on $50,000 bond. Their next court date is set for Feb. 12.

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