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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:40 pm

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people and recovered approximately $10,000 worth of drugs during a traffic stop along Alabama Highway in Ringgold on Monday morning, Jan. 13.

According to Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk, deputies searched the vehicle and found numerous drugs that were allegedly already packaged for resale as part of a distribution the quartet was running.

Sara Jane Butcher, 35 and Brian Leon Hampton, 36, both of Summerville, Ga., were arrested along with Christopher David Wood, 30, and Nancy Jill Wood, 31, both of Shinbone Valley in Menlo, Ga.

All four offenders were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana over one ounce, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Sara Butcher, who was driving the vehicle the crew was traveling in, garnered additional charges of possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV narcotics and crossing a state/county guard line with contraband without consent.

All four remained in Catoosa County jail as of Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 14, and all four have been denied bond at this time.

Deputies first observed the vehicle near the back entrance of the Jones Cemetery in the 14000 block of Alabama Highway, and later conducted the traffic stop in a driveway after the vehicle fled for a short time, reports show.

In a press release Tuesday afternoon, sheriff Sisk stated that cash and a variety of drugs were found in the vehicle during the stop.

“Deputies searched the vehicle and found approximately three ounces of methamphetamine (“ICE”), eight ounces of marijuana, various prescription pill, multiple tools for the consumption and distribution of narcotics, and $600 in cash,” Sisk said in the release. “The total ‘street’ value of the narcotics is approximately $10,000.”

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