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July 7, 2014

Plea deal entered for couple’s drug charges

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Tennessee couple arrested in February on cocaine and heroin charges were slated for a jury trial Wednesday — but instead, a plea agreement was entered.

Shawn Thompson, 45, and Tiffany Thompson, 31, both of Crossville, Tennessee, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court before Judge Paul K. Winchester with their attorney, Jim Wren.

The pair each faced two counts of first-degree drug trafficking — one for the heroin and one for the cocaine. They also faced possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

It was learned that the defendant, Shawn Thompson, entered into a plea agreement which ultimately led to the dismissal of Tiffany Thompson’s charges.

With Shawn Thompson’s guilty plea, the counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed. For trafficking in heroin, he will receive a three-year sentence. That will be followed with a two-year sentence for trafficking cocaine — totaling a five-year sentence for him.

All charges against Tiffany Thompson in this case would be dropped.

Shawn Thompson will officially be sentenced Aug. 18.

On the morning of Feb. 18, Williamsburg Police Department’s K9 Officer Brandon Prewitt was working with Kentucky State Police Post 11’s Criminal Interdiction Team when he stopped a 1998 red Buick for careless driving.

While talking to the driver, Shawn Thompson, Prewitt detected the odor of marijuana. The passenger, Tiffany Thompson, was reported to have had a small bag of marijuana.

Prewitt’s partner, Rico, was utilized and alerted to the vehicle. A search revealed a small bag containing what’s believed to be crack cocaine, a bag of what’s believed to be heroin and a set of digital scales. Cocaine and heroin were both seized during this search.

Both had been jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center — Tiffany Thompson was released Feb. 24 on a $7,500 cash bond, which will be refunded to her, it was learned in court.

Shawn Thompson has been jailed since Feb. 18 under a $7,500 cash bond — however, JailTracker records indicate he is a wanted fugitive from another state. For that there is no bond listed.

 

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