Marion Newton

Deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department discovered methamphetamine hidden in a Dayton man’s buttocks after a routine traffic stop on Monday, July 22, according to an arrest report on file at the sheriff’s department.

Marion Newton, 43, of Dayton, is facing drug-related charges after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over on Medlin Pike.

According to RCSD Deputy Thomas Wilson, he was patrolling the area when he saw a vehicle being driven by Amanda Dodd.

“I had prior knowledge that Amanda’s license was suspended,” Wilson said. “I then initiated a traffic stop on Medlin Pike near Oak Hill Road.”

Wilson said he spoke with Dodd and identified her passenger as Newton.

“As I was getting Marion’s information, he started to get nervous,” Wilson said. “After getting consent to search the vehicle, I asked Marion Newton if he had anything illegal on him; he stated, ‘No.’”

Wilson then began a search of Wilson’s person and found a syringe inside one of Newton’s tennis shoes.

“I asked Marion once more if he had anything illegal on him,” Wilson said. “Marion stated that he mad meth between his buttocks.”

Wilson said that Newton handed him a bag containing a “crystal-like substance, known to be methamphetamine.”

A field test weighed the bag at around 1 gram, according to the arrest report.

Newton was arrested and transported to the Rhea County Jail.

He is facing charges of the manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to jail records, his bond was set at $30,000, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday.

His first court date is set for Tuesday, Aug. 20.