LENOIR CITY — A Lenoir City woman and a Maryville man are facing charges after allegedly dumping drugs at a Lenoir City fast food drive-thru.

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4, the 9th Judicial Drug Task Force learned Melissa Thomas, 41, Lenoir City, and Steve Brian Bright, 51, Maryville, were in Loudon County and both had active warrants.

Blount County Criminal Investigations Department, the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force and the 9th Judicial DTF located the couple at a fast food drive-thru on U.S. Highway 321.

The driver, Bright, threw a bag out the driver-side window, and it contained approximately 105 grams of methamphetamine, according to Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jamie Ketner. When searching the vehicle, officers found 26 phentrimine pills located in the passenger door; eight orange pills identified as 0.5 mg clonazepam in the driver’s seat; less than 1 gram of marijuana, baggies, scales, a drug ledger; a pill bottle containing six baggies of meth weighing 1.9 grams; and one yellow pill identified as 1 mg clonazepam. Bright had $2,656 on him, and his license was revoked.

Thomas was charged with manufacture, delivery, sell or possession of a Schedule II substance; two counts of manufacture, delivery, sell or possession of a Schedule IV substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of simple possession/casual exchange. Thomas was held on $53,000 bond.

Bright was taken into custody by BCSO for a failure to follow rule of court and violation of community corrections and was held without bond.

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