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Deadbeat dad busted in Blountville with meth, cash

Rain Smith • Oct 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Negligence in making child support payments has spurred a man’s arrest on felony drug charges, according to police, and the seizure of meth, a motorcycle, a stolen gun and nearly $3,000 in cash.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at 473 Beechnut City Road. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office reports investigators were attempting to locate Matthew Phillips, 29, due to an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support. The SCSO Vice and Narcotics Unit also wanted to speak with Phillips about an ongoing probe into drug distribution.

While at the residence, officers observed a man across the street on a 2003 Honda motorcycle. When police approached, the rider attempted to flee but was detained, then found to be Phillips.

The SCSO reports Phillips had a felony amount of meth in his possession, along with a stolen 9mm handgun, drug paraphernalia and $2,730 in cash. The latter is suspected of being proceeds from drug sales. All the items were seized, as was the motorcycle.

Phillips was booked into the Sullivan County jail on multiple charges: possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of Schedule II narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license is suspended, evading arrest and failure to have insurance.

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