Two arrested after deputies seize meth and gun in Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • Nov 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man wanted for grand larceny in Scott County is facing new meth trafficking and gun possession charges following his arrest Friday in a rural area of Hawkins County.

On Friday, Hawkins County deputies responded to a complaint of suspicious and possibly drug-related activity at 202 Light Road in the Beech Creek Community in far southeastern Hawkins County.

According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Reba Matthews, deputies located two people at the residence identified as Chester Wayne Hinegardner Jr., 27, 1133 Memorial Blvd., Rogersville; and Santana Danielle Houseright, 2830 Cain St., Kingsport.

The couple were reportedly unloading a heavy speaker from the trunk of a BMW parked in the driveway when Sgt. Nathan Simpson asked if they needed help.

Houseright reportedly stated “no” and the couple carried the speaker into the mobile home. Houseright then exited the residence and went out to the roadway where deputies determined she was allegedly under the influence of meth.

Matthews stated in her report that Houseright was “tweaking and very paranoid” and stated she didn't know whose residence that was or the identity of Hinegardner.

Houseright was then detained on possible trespassing and burglary charges, as well as an investigation into the original complaint of drug activity, after which she identified her male companion as Hinegardner.

Houseright stated she went to the residence with Hinegardner “to make a sale” with another male.

A computer check revealed that Hinegardner was wanted in Scott County, and he was arrested without incident inside the residence.

Matthews stated in her report that Hinegardner was searched and found to be in possession of a small bag containing an unspecified amount of meth, as well as “a large sum of money.”

“During the investigation several long guns were found to be in Mr. Hinegardner's and Ms. Houseright's possession,” Matthews stated in her report. “One of the shotguns found in the back of the BMW was loaded, and also a long gun was found in the back seat of the vehicle. Among the guns was an AR-15 Bushmaster short barrel rifle, a class three weapon. The speaker box that Mr. Hinegardner brought into the residence contained a loaded pistol inside.”

Aside from being arrested on the fugitive warrant, Hinegardner was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

As of Tuesday, Hinegardner was held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending his next court date on Dec. 2.

Houseright was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and was released from jail. She will appear in Sessions Court on Dec. 2.

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