State trooper from White County assists in alleged pill trafficking scheme arrests
By Sparta Live | September 17, 2012 12:00 am
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who lives in White County was one of two state officers responsible for the arrest of three individuals allegedly involved in a pill trafficking scheme.
According to Tennessee Department of Safety, Trooper Michael Jolley, of Sparta, assisted Trooper Michael Robertson in the traffic stop that led to the arrest of one female and two males.
Holly Garland, 24, and Shannon Collins, 30, both of Greeneville, were arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Jail. They were both charged with possession of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, financial responsibility and violation of the seat belt and registration laws. Collins was also charged with tampering with evidence, driving on a revoked driver license, and following too close, while Garland faces allowing an unlicensed driver to drive and failure to yield charges.
Roger Wilburn, 48, also of Greeneville, the third occupant in the vehicle, was taken into custody and later transported to the Cumberland Medical Center after it appeared he ingested numerous prescription pills during the traffic stop. Charges are pending against Wilburn.
Trooper Robertson was conducting “stationary observation” on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, on Sept. 13, 2012, when he observed a Cadillac Deville following too closely and had unrestrained occupants. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at approximately 4:03 p.m.
According to TDOS, the vehicle was slow to pull over, and Trooper Robertson observed the driver, Collins, and front passenger, Garland, change seating positions.
According to TDOS, upon approaching the vehicle, all three occupants exhibited nervous and suspicious behavior. The initial investigation revealed there was no registration or insurance on the vehicle and the original driver, Collins, did not have a valid driver license. After noticing several other suspicious indicators, the front seat occupants, Collins and Garland, were removed from the vehicle.
Wilburn, who was seated in the rear of the car, appeared to have been swallowing pills and resisted arrest. He was eventually removed from the vehicle and placed into custody.
According to TDOS, investigators then conducted a probable cause search on the vehicle. A Crossville city police officer deployed his K-9 and received a positive response for the presence of drugs. Meanwhile, at Cumberland County Justice Center, correction officers discovered a pill bottle for 30 milligram of Oxycodone and a change purse with three oxycodone pills and a crushed suboxone pill.
Collins also admitted to having approximately 60 Xanax pills, which he believed were ingested by Wilburn.
The suspects were reportedly en route from Nashville back to Greeneville.
Collins’ bond was set at $27,600. Garland’s bond was $26,200. Their court date is Oct. 8, 2012, in Cumberland County General Sessions Court.