Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
Monday morning Cocke County police made a traffic stop of a vehicle on Wilton Springs Road with a broken windshield and a loud exhaust. The driver, Tony Naillon stated that someone had cut his catalytic converter off and that was the reason for the loud exhaust. Two females were also in the car. The front seat passenger was 31 year old Cheryl Mullins of Newport. Mullins had an active warrant and was the owner of the vehicle. Permission was given to search the vehicle and deputies found a backpack in the front passenger floorboard where Mullins had been sitting. Inside were digital scales, baggies and a powdery substance suspected to be 3.8 grams of Heroin and Fentanyl. The backseat passenger was 37 year old Natalia Stewart of Newport. She was also in possession of a backpack containing 2.1 grams of Marijuana, 0.82 grams of Methamphetamine, 4 grams of a crushed pill substance suspected to be Suboxone packaged in a small zip lock baggie, and 6.1 Grams of a substance suspected to be Heroin & Fentanyl. Stewart was also in possession of approximately 3 grams of suspected Heroin & Fentanyl inside her purse and set of black scales commonly used in sales and distribution of illegal narcotics with her initials on the top of the scales. Deputies also confiscated $445 in cash that Stewart had in her possession…thought to be drug proceeds. Both Mullins and Stewart were charged with possession, sale & delivery of schedule I,II,III and VI narcotics…the driver Tony Naillon was not charged.