On Nov. 28 around 2 p.m., an off-duty Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputy notified the Rogersville Police Department a woman reported to him her vehicle had been taken from the Walmart parking lot without her permission.
RPD officers responded quickly and stopped the vehicle as it was exiting the parking lot.
The vehicle was being driven by the woman’s boyfriend, Daquion Jakelous Carter, 25, 1909 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville, and contained their infant daughter in the backseat.
RPD Officer Chris Price stated in his report that he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and a search was conducted with the assistance of HCSO Cpl. Michael Godsey.
The officers allegedly located a blue backpack which contained 18.93 grams of marijuana, a set of digital scales, and a box containing 23 .32-caliber bullets.
In the glove compartment, officers allegedly located a loaded .32-caliber revolver.
Earlier this year, Carter was convicted of felony reckless endangerment with a firearm stemming from a shooting incident which occurred at the Rogersville Walmart. At the time of the Nov. 28 incident, he was on probation for that conviction.
Carter allegedly admitted to police on Nov. 28 that the “weed” was his, but denied knowledge of the handgun.
Although Carter had a valid Tennessee driver’s license, a computer check revealed him to be suspended in Georgia since 2015.
He was then arrested on charges including possession of marijuana for resale, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, driving on a suspended license, and no insurance.
While en route to jail, Carter allegedly admitted that he had another bag of “weed” in his possession, which Price then located. The second bag weighed 28.02 grams, or almost exactly one ounce.
Carter has been held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set since his arrest and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday afternoon.