HCSO allegedly seizes meth, three handguns from Surgoinsville couple

Jeff Bobo • Jan 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office allegedly seized 16.9 grams of meth and three loaded handguns from a Surgoinsville couple last week after the meth fell into plain view while a deputy was helping one of the suspects unload groceries from her trunk.

Thursday evening, HCSO Deputies Reba Matthews, Wesley Seals, Anthony Crosby and Kenny Lunsford Jr. responded to a Surgoinsville mobile home park to serve the second arrest warrant in two weeks on Eric Paul Sykes for violation of an order of protection.

While at 165 Cross Valley Road, a green Honda Civic pulled into the mobile home park with Sykes in the rear passenger seat, and he was taken into custody. Sykes, who resides in Lot 4, had allegedly called the victim from jail after being arrested a week earlier for making death threats to a woman and her child.

In the front seats of the Honda were the occupants of the residence, Corey Aaron Morelock, 29, and Amber Lynn Hall, 28, both of whom reside in Lot 9.

Morelock was found to have two active arrest warrants, and he was arrested as well.

While deputies were doing an inventory of the vehicle, Hall reportedly stated she needed to get her groceries out of the trunk and into the residience before they thawed.

Matthews stated in her report, "Myself and Amber were retrieving bags of groceries from the trunk. Deputy Seals moved a backpack out of the way and a clear box fell onto the trunk floor. I observed in plain view in a clear plastic box a zip lock bag of a crystalline substance believed to be meth."

Deputies later determined the meth to weigh 16.9 grams, which has a street value of almost $1,700. The box also contained a digital scale and several small bags.

Deputies also allegedly found a loaded Phoenix Arms 22LR in the middle of the front seat in a gold glitter bag; a loaded Denali .380 caliber in the backseat floorboard; and an Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works revolver in the backpack.

Morelock and Hall were each charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, driving while in possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were arraigned Monday and remain held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond. They have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 7.