A traffic violation stop yielded more than was expected for a Tennessee Highway Patrolman last Tuesday (Nov. 7).
Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark stands with $500K worth of crystal meth found during a Coffee County traffic stop Tuesday. (Photo provided)
Troopers Donnie Clark and Jason Boles stopped a vehicle from Indiana at mile marker 114 Tuesday evening. Clark said in the warrant that “the passenger and the driver were very nervous.”
Clark said that he asked the pair where they were going and where they had been, and they had different stories. He then asked for permission to search their vehicle, which they denied. Clark then requested that a K-9 officer from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department assist him at the scene. When K-9 Officer Max and Deputy Jennifer Curbow arrived, the dog allegedly hit on a location of possible drugs.
Clark then had probable cause to search the vehicle, after which he allegedly found 11 lbs. of pure crystal methamphetamine/ice. The drug was valued at $500,000.
The driver of the vehicle, Shannon Baxter, 34, of Indianapolis, Ind. and passenger Chanel L. Satter, 28, also of Indianapolis, were booked into the Coffee County Jail on charges of manufacturing/delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance. They are being held on a $500,000 bond and are to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Jan. 23.