Thanks to the well-trained noses of two law enforcement K9s, three separate traffic violations led to drug, weapons and other charges for three individuals over the weekend.
Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the first arrest happened on Friday when a deputy made a traffic stop after a driver failed to use his turn signal.
During the stop, Marion narcotics-sniffing K9, Cooper, gave a positive alert to drug odor and police located methamphetamine and a revolver inside the vehicle, Shuler said.
Christopher L. Burchett, 37, of Marion was charged with drug possession, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and reckless driving. He was held at the regional jail in Abingdon on a $5,000 secured bond.
During a Saturday traffic stop, Cooper again gave a positive alert for drug odor coming from a Saltville man’s vehicle. Inside the vehicle, police again found methamphetamine and a revolver, Shuler said.
Sixty-one year-old Fred L. DeBusk was charged with drug possession, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and equipment violation.
DeBusk had been pulled over for driving without headlights. He is held at the regional jail in Abingdon without bond.
A second traffic stop on Saturday led to the arrest of a Rural Retreat man who had been pulled over for having an expired registration.
During that stop, Smyth County narcotics-sniffing K9, Luna, gave an alert for drug odor and police seized methamphetamine, two handguns, two rifles and a switchblade knife from the vehicle, Shuler said.
Tyler W. Testerman, 26, of Rural Retreat, was charged with two counts drug possession, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs, possession of a switchblade knife and expired registration. Testerman is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.