The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office says an overdose death led deputies to find a large quantity of meth.
Deputies were called to the death of Stephen Tyler Duke on March 16, 2018, in the 700 block of Dogwood Lane. They say evidence on the scene suggested the death was an overdose, and they determined Duke had last been with Eric John Morris just hours before.
Morris had an active warrant for his arrest, so investigators say deputies went to his home in the 1800 block of Peete Road in Mason, Tennessee. They found one pound of meth, or Ice, as well as drug paraphernalia, small amounts of marijuana and heroin, components used to make meth, two handguns, and a grenade. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office helped to secure the grenade, which was determined to be inert.
Morris was arrested, and faces several charges: driving on a revoked/suspended/canceled license, possession of schedule I with intent, possession of schedule II with intent, possession of schedule VI, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, convicted felon in the possession of a weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Morris is being held without bond and scheduled to appear in court Friday.
“The use and abuse of illicit drugs are plaguing our community. We will continue to actively and aggressively pursue and prosecute those who participate in these illegal activities,” stated Sheriff J. T. “Pancho” Chumley.
If anyone has information pertaining to this case, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3007, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com.