Drug arrests made
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 4:08 pm
The Messenger, June 25, 2010
Two people have been arrested on drug charges after an initial stop for one of the suspects driving on a suspended license.
David Louis Ware, 31, of 415 Jefferson St., Fulton, was observed driving in the area of Nash and College streets on Tuesday when a Union City Police officer, who had previous knowledge of Ware having a suspended license, stopped him.
The report states that Ware approached the officer’s vehicle wanting to know what was going on and when Ware was informed he was under arrest for driving on a suspended license he turned away from the officer. The officer grabbed Ware and a struggle ensued with Ware struggling violently before fleeing from the officer. The report states the officer did not pursue Ware due to the lack of immediate back up.
On Wednesday, officers received a tip that Ware was possibly at Apt. 53 East College Court. When officers responded, resident Cynthia Ware, no relation to David Ware, told officers Ware was in a bedroom.
Ware was found on the bed with Shunita Rochette Shields, 26, of 737 West Wood Ave., Jackson. While Ware was being handcuffed, officers saw in plain view a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun on the chest of drawers.
Also found on the dresser was a paper bag which contained crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, razor blades and sandwich bags. Thirteen individual crack rocks were also found inside a No Dose bottle, which was also inside the paper bag. Police also found $335 in cash in Ware’s rear pants pocket.
The apartment is located within 1,000 feet of Miles Head Start and Nash Street Park.
Ware was not cooperative during the arrest, though he told police the gun did not belong to Ms. Shields, who is on probation. At the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, Ware remained uncooperative, refusing to sign a seizure form for the money. While returning to his cell, without being questioned, Ware said “Everything you found in that bedroom is mine. She didn’t know anything about it. Ya’ll just need to let her go.”
Ms. Shields, who was read her Miranda rights and agreed to speak to police without an attorney present, said the gun belonged to Ware and she did not know anything about the drugs. She did say that during the booking process Ware said he was “taking the charge.”
Ms. Ware, who rents the apartment, said she was asked by Regina Ware if David Ware could stay the night at the apartment and that she had never met David Ware before and does not know him.
In addition to being charged with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school zone, David Ware and Ms. Shields have been charged with possession of Schedule II drug cocaine, possession of Schedule VI marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ware also has a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon, as well as driving on a suspended/revoked license, resisting arrest/official detention and evading arrest from the initial incident.