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Local trio arrested by Knox County Sheriff’s Office

A Pineville man is in jail after police allegedly found drugs in his possession during a traffic stop while two others were arrested on bench warrants Tuesday morning. Matthew Chadwell, 32, of Pineville, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, deputy Mikey Ashurst observed a vehicle conduct a U-Turn on U.S. 25E in Bailey Switch.

After stopping the vehicle, Ashurst arrested Chadwell, who was a passenger in the vehicle, after finding a clear plastic bag containing nearly 4 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine in his possession — the release states.

According to the release, Ashurst also arrested Cameron Trey Chadwell, 30, of Pineville, charging him with improper turning, no operator’s license, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to/improper signal. Cameron Chadwell was also wanted on a Bell County bench warrant for failure to pay the fine on a license to be in possession charge.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Jeffery L. Lawson, 54, of Harrogate, Tenn., was arrested on a Bell County bench warrant for failure to pay the fine on an operating a motor vehicle under the influence charge.

All three men were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Those recently lodged in the Bell County Detention Center on felony charges include:

• Thomas Branham, 55, of Middlesboro, was arrested by officers with the Middlesboro Police Department and charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

• Hillary Lowe, 25, of Pineville, was arrested by officers with the Middlesboro Police Department and charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and other drug unspecified) and was served a bench warrant for court.