In-home arrest leads to drug trafficking charges

Published 3:09 pm Friday, June 9, 2023


Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jody Risner was dispatched at 9:46 a.m. Saturday to a Turner Smith Lane residence in reference to a burglary.

The caller told Bell Dispatch that no one was supposed to be in the residence, but believed someone was inside the home.

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Upon arrival, the caller stated he was the property owner and gave Risner access to the residence where he found 35-year-old Joshua Shane Berry of Bean Station, Tennessee in a bedroom.

Berry was found in possession of an unmarked pill bottle containing two clear bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine, 10 white pills believed to be Suboxone and $4,410 in cash.

Berry was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. He was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – first offense (Methamphetamine) and trafficking in controlled substance – second or greater offense (Suboxone).