City man faces drug charges after traffic stop

From Staff Reports

   Kenneth Irwin McCracken, 35, 658 Old Elizabethton Hwy., faces several drug charges following his arrest by Bluff City Police Department Pfc. Larry Tate, after the officer stopped the vehicle he was driving on U.S. Highway 19E.
   Police Chief Ken Potter said in a press release Monday that after the suspect was given his Miranda warning, he told the officer he had marijuana in his front pocket. A search produced $1,862 in cash, one-and-a-half ounces of marijuana, an assortment of Schedule IV drugs and non-identifiable schedule drugs.
   Tate was charged with speeding, DUI, possession of marijuana for resale and four counts of possession of Schedule IV drugs. He was booked into Sullivan County Jail in lieu of bond. The cash and a 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were seized.
   "We have taken out a street-level drug dealer," Chief Potter said. "This type of enforcement is the only way to make our children safe."
   Potter praised Officer Tate "for an outstanding job."