Three women arrested on meth, other charges

John Thompson • Jul 18, 2019 at 8:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested three women on methamphetamine possession charges on Wednesday in two unrelated incidents.

In one incident, Arial Ilene Wright, 24, was charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold; sale of methamphetamine greater than .5 grams; manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; tampering with evidence; failure to appear (original charge: animals/dogs at large).

In the second incident, Lacey Lynn Johnson, 20, and Cambrean Nicole Presnell were arrested on charges of possession of schedule II drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Presnell was also charged with possession of schedule VI drugs and possession of stolen property.

Wright was arrested Wednesday after Carter County deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant and found evidence of methamphetamine sales.

Deputies went to Betterley Place near Elizabethton to serve a warrant for Wright’s arrest. When they arrived, they found a vehicle registered to Wright in the driveway and heard a woman’s voice inside the house. The deputies knocked and announced that they were with the Sheriff’s Office multiple times, and after receiving no response, they entered the house.

Inside the home, deputies reported seeing drug paraphernalia and evidence of narcotics. After hearing of Wright’s arrest, an investigator obtained a search warrant for the house. During the search, investigators found drug paraphernalia throughout the residence, as well as a pipe in a toilet. Upon removing the toilet, they found a bag of methamphetamine in the bottom flange. Investigators believe Wright attempted to flush the pipe and meth to get rid of the evidence. They also recovered more than $1,000 in cash.

Wright was being held in the Carter County Detention Center on $76,000 total bond. She has also been indicted on methamphetamine sale charges based on a joint Elizabethton Police Department and Carter County Sheriff’s Office drug task force investigation.

In the second incident deputies made the arrests in the McDonald’s parking lot in Hampton. The deputies checked the tag number of a vehicle that drew their attention. The records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Deputy J.B. Simerly then found Johnson and Presnell, and they admitted driving the vehicle. Simerly checked the identification number of the vehicle, and determined that the vehicle had not been reported stolen, but the license plate had been stolen.

Deputies received permission to search the vehicle. Deputy Justin Burchfield and Simerly said they found several baggies containing substances consistent with the appearance of methamphetamine. Sgt. Tracie Pierson also conducted a search of the women and found evidence of methamphetamine and marijuana in Presnell’s possession.

Presnell was being held on $29,000 bond and Johnson was being held on $25,000 bond

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