Harold Reece

A routine traffic stop in Evensville by deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department uncovered nearly 50 grams of methamphetamine and landed a Rhea County man behind bars on Friday, June 1, according to an arrest report on file at the sheriff’s department.

Harold Reece, 52, of Evensville, was pulled over at around 3:30 p.m. on Friday after RCSD Deputy Jesse Wilkey noticed his vehicle had an expired tag and a broken brake light.

“Upon contact with the driver, Harold Reece, he was nervous and acted as if he had something to hide,” Wilkey said.  “I asked for Mr. Reece’s driver’s license, which he fumbled with. I checked Mr. Reece through dispatch, and during this time, he continually watched me in the mirrors of the vehicle.”

Wilkey said that when he noticed Reece’s alleged suspicious behavior, he notified RCSD Wayne Wilkey, who arrived on the scene with a sheriff’s department canine.

“Upon [his] arrival, Mr. Reece asked to speak with deputy Wayne Wilkey,” the report states. “During this time, Mr. Reece stated that he had a needle and used spoons inside of his vehicle, which he then produced.”

Deputies then began searching the vehicle, the reports states, and that’s when they discovered a brown bag that contained two bags of a crystal-like substance believed to methamphetamine. Deputies said the bags weighed 48.9 grams.

Deputies then placed Reece under arrest, and he was booked into the Rhea County Jail.

Reece is charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of methamphetamine while driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to jail records, no bond has yet been set, and Reece was still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday.