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Kingsport search nets drugs, abduction suspect

Staff report • Jan 16, 2019 at 3:44 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office investigation has led to marijuana and pills at a Kingsport home, along with a wanted man who happened to be in the area.

According to a press release from the SCSO, the discovery was made Tuesday at 634 Riverside Ave. Vice and Narcotics officers believed that illegal drugs were being stored and sold at the home and had obtained a search warrant. 

As police were preparing to execute the warrant, investigators saw their suspect and resident, Donovan Lynn Johnson, 32, drive up to the house. After he entered, officers approached to conduct their search.

Police say that led to the seizure of approximately a half-pound of marijuana, gabapentin prescription medication and drug paraphernalia. Johnson was arrested and charged with Schedule V and Schedule VI narcotics violations, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.

Johnson has since been released from the Sullivan County jail after posting a $26,250 bond. Detectives say an investigation is continuing and other charges are possible.

As officers were on the scene at Riverside Avenue, they spotted a suspicious pedestrian in the backyard. He was stopped while he attempted to leave, and a check of his ID revealed he was wanted on numerous charges, including abduction in Scott County, Va.

The suspect, Joseph Michael Westmoreland, 41, of Boss Road, Kingsport, was arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Jail. In Sullivan County, he is charged with being a fugitive from justice. He remains held with no bond pending extradition to Virginia.

Police say Westmoreland and Johnson are not affiliated in any way, but Westmoreland believed officers were on Riverside Avenue searching for him.

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