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Trio charged with drug offenses
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Three visitors to Warren County were arrested on drug charges over Memorial Day weekend. 

Knoxville resident Krayle Wheeler, 56, has been charged with two counts of simple possession, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of paraphernalia.

Sevierville resident Gabriel R. Howard, 39, has been charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. 

Sevierville resident Amanda Mae Maples, 40, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and introduction of drugs into the county jail.

The three were arrested Saturday at 10:49 p.m. by McMinnville Police Department officer Chris McCormick, who observed a Chevy Suburban sitting at Spar-Gas at the corner of Red Road and the bypass.

“Two people were standing beside the vehicle,” said McMinnville police detective Tony Jenkins. “Officer McCormick stopped to make sure everything was OK and felt the individuals were acting suspiciously. He requested consent to search the vehicle, which was granted.”

Discovered were 5 ounces of a crystal-like substances believed to be meth, 10 grams of dried mushrooms (psilocybin), 58 tabs of LSD, Xanax and Clonazepam pills, and marijuana. 

The trio may have been just passing through.

“They stated they were at a concert in Manchester,” said Jenkins.

A fourth person in the vehicle, whose address was given as Nolensville, was not arrested.