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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cate case
Last Friday, Newport police responded to a domestic call at the Quality Inn Newport. Upon completion of that investigation, as police were walking through the parking lot, Newport Chief of Police Maurice Shults says officers noticed a vehicle key fob lying on the ground. Police picked the fob up and pressed the emergency button to identify the vehicle to which it belonged. The horn on a dark blue Mustang parked in front of room 125 began to sound. Police determined the vehicle belonged to Ryan Jared Cate, 42, Greeneville. Cate was wanted in Washington County and a search of the room revealed pipes, butane lighters, 8 grams of suspected marijuana, 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 10 suspected Xanax, and suspected Subutex. The suspect was charged with the offenses. When taken into custody Mr. Cate had approximately $1153.00 in cash on his person and the 2002 Mustang was impounded pending proof of ownership. Police conducted an inventory search of the vehicle prior to the tow and found a Sentry brand fire safe and determined an odor of marijuana was coming from the safe. Cate admitted the safe was his but he declined to give consent for police to search it. On Monday, Newport Detective Derrick Webb obtained a search warrant for the safe. One-half pound of marijuana was found in the safe, along with 19 grams of suspected powder cocaine, 77 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a clear glass pipe with what appears to be methamphetamine reside, scales and other paraphernalia were recovered. Those suspected drugs will be sent to the TBI Crime lab for testing and charges are pending. I am very proud of the efforts of our patrol officers Capt. Amy Gentry, Patrolman David Clevenger and Patrolman Johnathon Ball. The efforts of these officers and the efforts by Detective Derrick Webb to further the investigation are a great example of our continuing dedication to curbing the flow of narcotics into Newport, Chief Shults said. "We hope that these types of investigations will send a message to those persons that are attempting to rent local motel rooms and deal drugs, that we will continue to seek them out and prosecute them.

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