Alleged meth, marijuana, gun found in truck

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said it found drugs, a gun and drug paraphernalia during a recent traffic stop. A Madisonville man is facing charges after the investigation.

Tinted windows and a tag light being out led to a Madisonville man being arrested on drug and gun charges early Sunday morning.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agent Dalton Rinehart said it was just before 3 a.m. when he saw a white Ford truck driving south in Highway 411 in Vonore near the bridge with extremely dark tint and a tag light out.

Rinehart got behind the truck and said he saw it braking sporadically for no reason and swerving back and forth over the center line. He stopped the truck and found the driver, and only person in the truck, to be Benjamin Daffron.

Rinehart said Daffron was trembling and he could see two open containers of alcohol in the center console cup holders.

Rinehart asked Daffron to get out of the truck and Daffron allegedly told the officer that he had a gun in the truck but would not get out. Daffron did eventually get out of the truck, admitting he had a syringe on his person as he did so, investigators said.

Rinehart said Daffron refused to do any field sobriety tests and a check showed the window tint was too dark. A K-9 was then brought in to check the truck and it alerted on the truck, giving deputies reason to search it.

Under the center area of the seat, Rinehart said there were multiple bags of a crystal substance believed to be meth weighing approximately 80 grams. There were also 15 grams of suspected marijuana allegedly found in the truck, along with digital scales, several baggies and a loaded 9-mm handgun.

Daffron was then taken to jail, where he allegedly admitted he had purchased the meth in Knoxville and was delivering it to Monroe County as a payment. He also allegedly said he takes Percocet as prescribed by a doctor.

Daffron, 30, Old Tellico Highway North, Madisonville, was charged with DUI, possession of meth for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while in possession of meth, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and several traffic violations.

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