Batesville men face drug charges

Thursday, August 4, 2005

A traffic stop July 24 in Salem led to a drug bust and a man fleeing from the scene on foot.

David R. Kingston, 21, Baron D. Taylor, 18, and Tonya R. Schwarz, 18, all of Batesville, have each been charged with a single count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class C felony.

Kinston has also been charged with one count of fleeing, a class A misdemeanor.

Deputy Kevin Burns with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said Taylor bought a quantity of marijuana in Batesville and intended to sell it in Salem.

Burns said he and Fulton County deputy Jason Martin received a tip that the trio was on its way to Salem to sell marijuana.

According to the arrest affidavit, Burns and Martin stopped Kingston, Taylor and Schwarz inside the Town and Country parking lot after they arrived in Salem.

Burns said they asked to search the vehicle, to which Schwarz agreed.

"I found a small quantity of what appeared to be marijuana in David's (Kingston) left rear pocket," Burns said. "When he realized I found the marijuana cigarette, he fled on foot."

Burns said he chased Kingston on foot down Locust Street and then north across Church Street before calling dispatch for additional officers.

Kingston was eventually apprehended at his father's house in Salem by Fulton County deputy Terry Walker and Salem Police officer Butch Blair, Burns said.

While Burns was chasing Kingston, Martin said he placed Taylor in his patrol car and told Schwarz to follow him in her van to the Fulton County Police Station.

During a post-Miranda interview Kingston told officers he hid a quantity of marijuana underneath the bathroom sink at his father's house after he fled, Burns said.

Bond for all three was set at $2,500 apiece. They posted bond and are slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Aug. 17.

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