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Big Sandy drug bust results in arrest

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A drug bust Saturday in Big Sandy resulted in the arrest of Jacqueline S. Comuzie, 43, of Big Sandy on felony drug charges and reckless driving on Saturday, October 1. This was at approximately 4:18 p.m.

Big Sandy Police Chief James Sukach stopped a black Chevrolet Equinox driven by Comuzie, for reckless driving in the city limits of Big Sandy. 

The vehicle ran through a stop sign at a high rate of speed and ran another vehicle off the road.  The Equinox was chasing after a black pickup driven by Troy Pierpoint, her boyfriend according to Sukach, and was only a few feet from the bumper, failing to stop for Sukach’s emergency lights and sirens.  After a short pursuit, the Equinox did stop and the driver was identified.  

During Sukach’s investigation, she would not consent to a search of her vehicle.  Sukach deployed K9 Shea for an external search of the Equinox and she alerted to the presence of narcotics.  While searching the vehicle, Detective Michael Strader and Sukach found approximately 2.11 ounces of methamphetamine in four separate plastic bags, close to $1000 in cash, digital scales with residue, glass meth pipe with residue, and a good amount of extra plastic bags.  

Comuzie was arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail where she is being held on a $250,000 bond.  The vehicle and money were seized by the Big Sandy Police Department under Tennessee drug laws. 

The Equinox was registered to Pierpoint and will stay impounded pending the general sessions judges ruling. Pierpoint was not charged.

“We just got a search warrant for Comuzie’s cell phone today (Tuesday Oct. 4), from Judge Bruce Griffey,” said Chief Sukach. She had her initial appearance before the general sessions judge on Wednesday morning, Oct. 5. Rulings were not available at press time.

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