A routine traffic stop for a window tint violation led deputies to discover nearly 9 grams of methamphetamine and landed two Rhea County residents behind bars on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Tyler Webb, 22, and Kristen Tennyson, 29, are facing various drug-related charges after deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] discovered the illegal substance hidden in Tennyson’s underwear, according to an arrest report.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, RCSD Deputy Cam Wilkey pulled over Webb’s vehicle to inspect what the deputy believed to be a window tint that was darker than those allowed by law.
“Upon contact with the driver, Tyler Webb, and his passenger, Kristen Tennyson, I immediately noticed they both appeared to be very nervous, and Ms. Tennyson was visibly shaking.”
Wilkey then said asked for and received consent to search the vehicle and then asked Tennyson if she anything illegal in her possession.
“She then withdrew a small plastic bag containing what she stated was methamphetamine out of the front of her pants, having a field weight of approximately 9 grams,” Wilkey said. “When I asked Ms. Tennyson who the items belong to, she stated that Mr. Webb had given them to her when they saw my patrol car and told her to hide them in her underwear.”
Wilkey said that when he asked Webb if the methamphatmine belonged to him, he denied possession of the controlled substance.
After continuing to search the vehicle, Wilkey said that deputies also found a set of digital scales in the trunk and that both Tennyson and Webb denied ownership of the scales.
“After reviewing the totality of the circumstances, I placed both subjects under arrest for possession of meth for resale and drug paraphernalia,” Wilkey said.
Both Webb and Tennyson were then booked into the Rhea County Jail. Webb is charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the state window tint law. His bond was set at $8,500, and he has since bonded out of jail.
Tennyson was charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jail records indicate that she was still incarcerated as of press time Friday, and no bond has yet been set.