By Harold Bearden
Friday, May 29, 2015 | 6:05 AM
Tuesday, May 26, Shane Whitten, Bear Creek Chief of Police was on patrol at Bear Creek Lake. He noticed a 98 Toyota Corolla leaving the park area. He also recognized the female passenger who he knew had an outstanding warrant from Marion County. He made a stop, and while he was removing the driver, Jimmy Stearns, age 50, from the car, he saw the passenger, Lee Ann Parker, age 31. throw an object from the car.
With probable cause, Chief Whitten searched the vehicle and found a pill bottle of clear liquid in the driver's door and a bowl of clear liquid from the door of the passenger side. Both liquids field tested positive for amphetamine, or liquid meth. Both were placed in the Marion County Jail where they remain. Because of the quantity of drugs, Stearns was charged with trafficking and Parker was charged with trafficking, possession of paraphernalia (crack pipe thrown out the window), and the original bench warrant she was stopped for. Both Stearns and Parker were also charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Controlled Substance Crime.
Since February, 2013 when Whitten first came to the Bear Creek Police Department, he has made over 43 felony drug arrests and has taken approximately 500 grams of meth off the streets. Three hundred grams was was on three stops. Whitten was named Police Chief in November of 2013. In his words: "Don't bring drugs into Bear Creek, or you will go to jail."