JC man arrested after $15,000 in drugs found

From Staff Reports

   A Johnson City man was arrested after law enforcement officers discovered more than $15,000 worth of narcotics in his vehicle.
   James Ayers, 32, 427 Hamilton St., was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule VI narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
   According to reports, Ayers was arrested after officers from the Johnson City Police Department checked a suspicious vehicle that was parked behind a West Market Street business and discovered approximately six ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $14,000, and nine ounces of marijuana, with a street value of approximately $1,200. Officers also found five hand guns in the vehicle but at this time, Ayers has not been charged in connection with the hand guns.
   In addition to the felony narcotics charges placed against Ayers after the search of his vehicle, he has also been charged with the sale of Schedule II narcotics by agents from the First Judicial District Drug Task Force. Those charges stem from a combined investigation by the DTF and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
   Ayers is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court on April 29.