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African drug found in Shelbyville

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

One of the first Shelbyville confiscations of the African drug khat occurred early Sunday morning.

"Approximately 11.26 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be khat" were found in a coat pocket of Mustaf Shire Abdi, 21, Anthony Lane, Officer Tracey Nelson said.

Abdi tried to pull away as Officer Benjamin Burris was checking the pocket and was immediately handcuffed, Nelson said.

"Khat use is most prevalent among immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen," a May 2003 National Drug Intelligence Center bulletin said. "These individuals use the drug in casual settings or as part of religious ceremonies.

"The use of khat is accepted within the Somali, Ethopian and Yemeni cultures. In those countries khat is not a controlled substance and is openly sold at markets."

Khat's effects are similar to those of cocaine or methamphetamine but lesser in strength, the report said.

Nelson stopped Abdi at 3:41 a.m. after he allegedly made an erratic move while driving on East Depot Street, then drove behind a building on Anthony Lane.

Officers noted a strong odor of alcohol on Abdi, who Nelson said admitted having had three beers.

Abdi was charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.

*Two bags containing what police said were 16.89 grams of marijuana were found in a car stopped after its driver was clocked at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Timothy Lee Wells, 30, Landers Street, was charged with possession of a schedule VI drug for resale after a 4:42 a.m. Friday traffic stop on East Depot Street.

Officer Jeff Goodrich said he could "smell a strong odor which was believed to be marijuana" in Wells' car, was granted permission to search and found the bags in the console.

Drugs stolen

Several men with medication in mind distracted a clerk while one stole over-the-counter drugs from a Shelbyville convenience store Sunday afternoon, police say and security camera tapes show.

Clear Eyes, Visine and Visine Allergy eye drops and Aleve, Advil, Tylenol and Motrin IB caplets were within the sweatshirt of a man "who appears (on video) to have a larger mid-section on the return trip" after he went down the drug aisle at the Kangaroo store, North Main Street, Officer Bill Logue said.

One of the men, who arrived at the store in a green Oldsmobile and white Buick, bought a calling card while the items were being taken. The clerk told police she thought the men were working together to distract her.

They also took shaving cream, razors and toothbrushes, Logue said.

The men all left in the Oldsmobile, with one man claiming the borrowed Buick had broken down and would be retrieved later.

Thefts

Four wheels, a carburetor, distributor, water pump and alternator were taken between Feb. 7-10 from two Chevrolet pickup trucks at a Scales Road recycling facility operated by Donald Flippo.

Left behind were vulgar drawings and words on a storage building, Deputy Rick Gann said.

Other thefts reported to area authorities:

*An estimated $1,300 and 35 compact discs were taken from a car parked at the home of Christopher Molder, Smith Street, overnight Feb. 8, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report released Monday.

*Parts of an irrigation system and pump at the sod farm just west of Shelbyville on State Highway 64 were stolen overnight Wednesday of last week.

Thirty gallons of diesel fuel, five chain binders and the starter battery were stolen from the pump and a green net-type tarp taken from a nearby truck, Tyler Farrar told Deputy L.J. Puckett.

Failed try

An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter the Bell Buckle fire hall over the weekend.

A portion of the back door around a deadbolt lock was damaged between 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Pieces of Deputy Chief Ronnie Lokey's firefighting equipment have been stolen in two previous break-ins within the past year, records indicate.

Jail intake

The following persons were arrested since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and processed through Bedford County Jail. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

* Dustin Danyale Darnell, 19, Lentz Street; DUI; released, $2,500 bond

* Douglas Eugene Lawson, 33, Thompson Street; DUI; held, $6,000 bond

* Marilus Carraon Ramirez, 35, Old Unionville Road; violation check law; released, $500 bond

* Christie Michelle Boyce, 32, Adams Drive; forgery; released, $3,500 bond

* Margarito Diaz Hernandez, 35, Maplewood Drive; no driver's license/exhibited on demand; released, $750 bond

* Juan Francisco Baraonoa, 18, Bird Street; criminal trespassing; released, $500 bond

* John Randall Sullivan, 31, Meadowlark Drive; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

* Douglas Edward Bowen Jr., 26, Pineview Street; violation of probation; held, no bond

* Debra Malugin Pickett, 45, Stern Lane; domestic assault; held, $5,000 bond

* Charles Anthony Hammonds, 51, West Lane Street; DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license, reckless endangerment; held, $9,500 bond

* Jeff Brent Lamb, 27, Kingwood Avenue; domestic assault; held, $5,000 bond

* Timothy Lee Wells, 30, Landers Street; possession of schedule VI drug; released, $7,500 bond

* Pamela Loven Coleman, 18, Anchor Mill Road; child abuse/child neglect; held, $10,000 bond

* Lanny Shane Thornberry, 30, Substation Road; theft of property; released, $500 bond

* Walter MIchael Williamson, 24, Highway 130 East; burglary-aggravated, theft of property; held, $25,000 bond

* Holly Felicia Mason, 19, Madison Street; domestic assault; released, $7,500 bond

* Floyd Randall Williamson, 18, Highway 130 East; burglary-aggravated, theft of property; held, $25,000 bond

* Abdullah Salad, 22, Anthony Lane; assault; released, $1,000 bond

* Eric Loyd Foster, 36, Mac Street; driving on revoked/suspended license; released, $4,500 bond

* Sonia Rene James, 36, Couch Lane; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; released, $2,000 bond

* Demario Jaquce Edwards, 18, Fairground Heights; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of schedule II drug, simple possession; held, $11,500 bond

* Jeff Lee Summers, 18, Couch Lane; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of schedule II drug, simple possession; held, $11,500 bond

* John Alan LaLonde, 43, Riverview Drive; DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license, leaving scene of accident; released, $9,000 bond

* Daniel Ray Stringer, 32, Card Road; public intoxication; released, $500 bond

* Esteban Rameriez Carreon, 28, Quarry Street; assault; released, $500 bond

* Janice Marie Jensen, 47, Adams Drive; two counts violation check law; released, $250 bond

* Dorothy Lynn Griffin, 32, Virgil Crowell Road; failure to appear; held, $5,000 bond

* Brad Allen Blanton, 29, Coopertown Road; failure to appear, bondsman surrender; held, $2,750 bond

* Clifford Charles Leverette, 33, Cedar Grove Road; violation of probation; held, $2,500 bond

* Jeffery Alan Smith, 24, Frank Martin Road; failure to appear, capias; held, $10,000 bond

* Nancy Marino, 36, Green Lane; no driver's license/exhibited on demand; released, $750 bond

* Jonathon Bradford Dunn, 19, Henslee Road; driving on revoked/suspended license, violation drinking age law; released, $1,750 bond

* Larry Allen Walls Jr., 22, Enon Church Road; assault, aggravated criminal trespassing; released, $5,500 bond

* Larry Allen Walls Sr., 48, Enon Church Road; aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespassing; released, $7,500 bond

* Mustaf Shire Abdi, 21, Anthony Lane; DUI, violation implied consent law, possession of schedule IV drug; released, $10,000 bond

* Timothy Carl Newsom, 36, Frank Martin Road; vandalism; released, $1,000 bond

* Danny Ray Johnson, 52, Normandy Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

* Hipolito Diaz Martinez, 49, Oak Street; disorderly conduct, public intoxication, failure to appear; held, $3,500 bond

* Candice Marie Davenport, 20, Elm Street; held for extradition to another state

* Jarrett Wayne Qualls, 25, Highway 64 East, Beech Grove; aggravated assault; released, $8,000 bond