SURGOINSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office reported seizing a large cache of pills Monday from a man and woman found passed out on morphine in a stolen Buick in the Surgoinsville Dollar General store parking lot.
About 6 p.m. Monday, HCSO Sgt. Tony Allen was dispatched to the Surgoinsville Dollar General on Highway 11-W on a complaint of a man and woman sleeping in the parking lot.
Upon his arrival, Allen observed a female in the driver’s seat and a male passenger with a syringe in his hand. The couple appeared to be asleep, and Allen stated in his report that the syringe contained a clear liquid.
Allen stated in his report that there was other evidence in plain view, including a tin can on the console with a blue liquid on top. On the dash was another syringe and a blue pill later identified as morphine, Allen said.
The couple were identified as Amanda Lee Lemka, 19, 215 Stanley Valley Road, Lot 3, Rogersville, and James Emery Arnold Jr., 26, 1366 Webster Valley Road, Rogers- ville.
“I made contact with the female and woke her up,” Allen said.“She appeared to be extremely intoxicated. I placed her in custody.”
Allen added,“In her pocket I found an empty Diazepam medication bottle with the name taken off of it and an aspirin bottle that smelled of rubbing alcohol.”
Lemka reportedly told the deputy that the alcohol was for cleaning syringes.
Allen stated that when he woke up Arnold he appeared extremely intoxicated as well.
Arnold allegedly had a pill bottle in his pants pocket containing 15 Soma pills and half of an Alprazolam pill.
In the glove box Allen reported finding 50 oxycodone pills, 45 and three halves of Alprazolam, and a blue pill believed to be morphine.
The vehicle, a 1991 Buick, was also found through a computer check to be stolen.
Lemka and Arnold were each charged with possession of stolen property, two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule IV narcotics for resale, possession legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.
They remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on Tuesday with arraignment set for Feb. 22.