About 53 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine were found during a hotel room search in Clinton in October, authorities said.
Bobby M. Baucum, 47, of Knoxville, was arrested after the search, which was led by the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force of Anderson County, according to Anderson County court and jail records. Baucum was charged with possession of schedule II drugs (methamphetamine) for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Baucum had been using a hotel room at the Red Roof Inn and Suites on Buffalo Road in Clinton, according to affidavits filed by Jonathan Wilson of the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force. Officers, who had a search warrant, searched the room on October 3, the affidavits said.
The search of the hotel room found the roughly 53 grams of suspected meth and a digital scale and plastic bags, Wilson said in the affidavits.
Baucum has a court hearing set for Monday afternoon in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Clinton.
It’s Baucum’s second meth-related charge in Anderson County this year.
In February, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Zach Bates reported finding a orange zippered bag with a white rock-like substance under the hood of a car that Bates had stopped on Clinton Highway after he learned the vehicle registration didn’t match the car traveling south on Clinton Highway.
Baucum, who was driving the car, was not able to provide registration or proof of insurance, or a vehicle title after he said he had just purchased the car, Bates said in affidavits filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court in February. Baucum told Bates that he could search the vehicle for drugs, according to the affidavits.
Bates said he recognized the white rock-like substance in the orange zippered bag found under the hood as methamphetamine. Also present in the bag were scales, a spoon, straws, syringes, a card, tweezers, and a round container with six yellow pills, Bates said.
The affidavits don’t say how much suspected meth was involved, but Bates determined that it was intended for resale based on the amount and the fact that it was packaged with scales and bags.
The car, a silver Hyundai Elantra, was seized because it was being “used as a conveyance and to facilitate the sale of illegal drugs,” Bates said in the affidavits.
In that case, Baucum was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, misuse of registration, and a financial responsibility violation.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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