By Cody Thompson
CROCKETT – A Crockett man and woman were arrested by the Crockett Police Department after a physical altercation turned into a drug bust on Thursday, June 6.
Ronald Ingram, 33, was charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group one, management or delivery of a controlled substance penalty group one and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Kalin Lynde Brister, 37, was charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
CPD officers Jeffrey Dean and Matthew VanEgmond were patrolling as a two-man-unit when they were advised by dispatch of an altercation near Pioneer Bank between a male and female subject, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
“Officer VanEgmond and I (Dean) were in the area of the incident prior to the call and had seen a male and female subject walking in the area,” the probable cause document said. “I recognized the male subject as Ronald Ingram from previous encounters as a law enforcement officer.”
Dean advised that the subjects were most likely walking towards Ingram’s residence and set off to find them, the affidavit said.
“VanEgmond and I (Dean) arrived in the area of the call, turned down South Fifth Street and saw Ingram walking with a female subject, later identified to be Kalin Lynde Brister,” the report said.
The officers activated the patrol unit’s overhead lights to stop Ingram and Brister. The officers then exited the vehicle to question the subjects, the affidavit said.
Brister told the officers that the altercation between her and Ingram occurred the day before, Wednesday, June 5, the report said.
“While speaking with Brister, I (Dean) saw multiple open sores on her arms synonymous with the use of intravenous drugs,” the probable cause document said. “(Brister) appeared upset and nervous while speaking with me.”
Dean then asked for permission to search Brister’s bag and she consented. During the search, Dean located a small, wooden box, the affidavit said.
“Inside of the box were several dollars and a small blue straw that Brister later told me she uses to scoop methamphetamine out of plastic baggies,” the probable cause document said.
During this time, VanEgmond obtained consent to search a bag that Ingram was carrying.
“VanEgmond located and seized two syringes containing a liquid substance believed to be a mixture of blood and methamphetamine,” the affidavit said. “VanEgmond also located and seized a large plastic bag containing many smaller plastic zip baggies, as well as two separate plastic zip baggies containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.”
Brister told the officers that Ingram was involved in the distribution and sales of methamphetamine and advised that there was possibly more methamphetamine at Ingram’s residence, according to the probable cause document.
The officers detained Ingram and Brister, then gained consent from Ingram to search his residence, the affidavit said.
“During a search of the residence, VanEgmond located two additional syringes containing a liquid believed to be a mixture of blood and methamphetamine from inside the back bedroom,” the report said. “VanEgmond also located and seized two additional syringes containing a similar liquid from the shelf in the kitchen.”
After searching the house, Ingram and Brister were transported to the Houston County Jail.
The management or delivery of a controlled substance penalty group one charge is considered a first degree felony.