Drug investigation leads to arrests at Kingsport motel

Rain Smith • Aug 28, 2019 at 10:21 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Two women face multiple charges after meth, a gun and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in their Lynn Garden motel room.

According to a Wednesday press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests were made Monday night at the Travel Inn, 805 Lynn Garden Drive. The SCSO Vice and Narcotics Unit was reportedly led to the location through a continuing investigation into methamphetamine distribution.

At the motel, detectives spoke with Brittany Thompson, 31, Mount Carmel, and Sandra Vermillion, 45, Church Hill. Police said they spotted drug paraphernalia in open view inside the women’s room and then received consent to conduct a search. That allegedly uncovered approximately 3 ounces of meth, a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun, several syringes, multiple baggies, digital scales, rolling papers and a glass pipe.

Thompson and Vermillion were arrested and charged with manufacturing, delivering, selling or possessing methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. As of Wednesday morning, they both remained held in the Sullivan County jail. Thompson’s bond was set at $10,000 and Vermillion’s at $7,500.

Monday's arrests were preceded by charges last week against an alleged Kingsport drug dealer. SCSO vice detectives reportedly tabbed David Michael Stallard, 24, as a suspect, then conducted a traffic stop when they spotted him driving on a suspended license.

The Cadillac he was driving allegedly contained five ounces of meth, more than an ounce of heroin, 14 grams of marijuana and nearly $10,000 cash. All the items were seized by police, and Stallard was jailed on felony charges.