City man arrested after officers find 14.5 grams of cocaine in residence

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
A city man was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with several drug-related charges after law enforcement officers found narcotics in his residence while serving an arrest warrant on him.
Dowell Neil Whittington, 45, 1125 Bluefield Ave., was arrested just minutes after 12 a.m. Wednesday morning by agents from the First Judicial Drug Task Force and officers of the Elizabethton Police Department on an outstanding warrant taken out by DTF agents charging him with the sale of Schedule II narcotics (cocaine). He was later charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics (cocaine) for resale, possession of Schedule III narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to reports, DTF agents, EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey and Capt. Mike Peters of the EPD Criminal Investigations Division were attempting to execute an arrest warrant on a subject known only to agents as "Doyle". The warrant charged him with a cocaine sell which had previously occurred at the residence.
"Agents knocked on the door at 1125 Bluefield Ave. and a male subject came from inside the residence cursing," a DTF report states. "Once I identified myself he calmed down."
At that point, the DTF agent asked the man his name, and he identified himself as Doyle, according to the report. At that time, Doyle, who was later identified as Whittington, was taken into custody on the warrant.
According to the report, Whittington "became agitated" with officers, and two agents had to restrain him until another officer arrived with handcuffs.
"(Whittington) was handcuffed and asked if he lived at this residence and he said no," the agent's report states.
During a search of Whittington's person after he was taken into custody, DTF agents found one pill of Percocet and another half-pill of the drug in his pocket along with a cut-off straw. Agents also seized more than $880 in cash from Whittington.
Agents then spoke with a woman who advised them that she had lived at that residence for seven years. Agents then asked the woman for permission to search the residence, which she granted them, according to reports.
"During the search of the residence, agents and officers located approximately 14.5 grams of suspected cocaine in five separate bags in the computer room," the report states. "Also located was a set of triple beam scales in a locked cabinet in the computer room.
"Several items of electronic equipment were also located in this cabinet that were placed into evidence as at least one item was listed as stolen and confirmed by (Capt.) Peters."
Agents tested the suspected cocaine with a field-test kit and the substance yielded a positive test result.
Whittington was then charged with the additional narcotics violations. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 15.