An Athens man with a car load of juveniles was arrested on drug charges March 14.

Tellico Plains Police Officer Robert Moses said he was sent to the Hardee’s on a fight call, but the alleged participants were already gone by the time he showed up.

Moses said dispatch told him they had left in a gray Nissan car and he soon found them and pulled the car over.

Moses said when he approached the car, he could see alcoholic beverages in the car and the driver, Devin Paul Pritchett, admitted he was underage for drinking, that someone else had bought the drinks for him and he had given some to the juveniles in the car.

Having reason to search the car, Moses said he found a bag with a green, leafy substance in it thought to be marijuana, another small bag with suspected meth in it and a weighing scale.

Moses said he took Pritchett, four juveniles and another adult in the car to the Monroe County Jail where the juveniles were questioned in front of their parents. They said the suspected marijuana belonged to Pritchett and that he had sold some while they were with him.

Another juvenile said Pritchett had gotten the suspected meth from someone else.

Pritchett, 20, Kenneth Street, Athens, was charged with underage consumption, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container violation.

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