WJTV News Channel 12 - Welfare check leads to drug charges for Jonesborough woman

Welfare check leads to drug charges for Jonesborough woman

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - It started as a welfare check and ended with a Jonesborough women facing drug charges.

Johnson City Police said Marcia Ferrell, 40, was arrested during a welfare check off Winter Street, Saturday. Once inside the home, officers received consent to search for illegal drugs and that's what they found in Ferrell's purse.

In her purse was a small white container with a white rock substance police believe to be crack-cocaine. Police tell News Channel 11 they found a glass smoking pipe with burn marks also in Ferrell's purse.

Ferrell is charged with Schedule II Drug Violations and Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

She's now in the Washington County Detention Center and is set to be in court Monday.

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