Car's passenger planned to use fake drugs to buy real thing, Johnson City police say

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM

A man told Johnson City police early Thursday morning he planned to sell fake methamphetamine to buy real drugs, police said in a news release. They also found real meth and a large amount of cash after they stopped a car on West Walnut Street.

Isaac P. Pinkston, 35, 1103 Henry St., was a passenger in a vehicle police stopped for speeding on West Walnut about 1:50 a.m. Police said they found probable cause to search the vehicle as they spoke with the driver, who was not named in the release.

Under Pinkston’s seat, they found numerous bags containing substances. Police tested one bag’s substance, which was positive for methamphetamine, of which there was a felony amount. Another bag contained an unknown white powder.

Pinkston told police several baggies contained methamphetamine and one large bag was fake, which he planned to sell to buy real the real thing. Searching further, police found more baggies and a large amount of currency on Pinkston.

He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine for resale, imitation of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $21,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for later Thursday.

Nearly two years ago to the day, the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Sept. 27, 2015, charged Pinkston with possession of schedules II, III and IV drugs for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic drugs for resale, driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence.

In November of that same year, Pinkston was one of two men arrested after police chased him into a Cranberry Street residence, where they allegedly found methamphetamine, heroin, a gun and counterfeit cash.

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