According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Autumn Lynn Hallman, 37, of 16th Avenue in Chattanooga, was arrested on Friday, June 22, and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, tampering with evidence, and crossing state/county lines with drugs.
Hallman also had a bench warrant from the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office from a previous failure to appear in court.
Fort Oglethorpe officers responded to Gilbert-Stephenson Park at 19 Norris Street in regards to a compliant that a white female in a green tank top was sitting on a park bench selling drugs.
Upon arrival, Hallman left the bench and began walking towards the front gate, reports show.
“After asking if I could talk to her, Ms. Hallman went back and sat down on a picnic table,” officer James Hartman wrote in the report. “Officer Walker and I explained why we were there, and we asked for consent look into her purse, which she granted.”
During the search of Hallman’s purse, a marijuana “blunt” was found in a cigarette container, along with a small weight scale with visible marijuana residue, and several plastic baggies, reports show.
“After this discovery, Ms. Hallman freely told us that a friend came by and gave her five dollars to get him some marijuana from another location,” Hartman said.
Additional officers arrived at the scene, at which time Hallman agreed to requests to look at her phone, reports show.
“After Ms. Hallman allowed Lt. Mark Cruise to look at her phone, he found text messages where Ms. Hallman had told people she was in the city park trying to make some money, and another text where someone had asked her if she had a ‘blunt’,” Hartman said.
Due to the extent of the investigation and the extreme heat of the afternoon, officers offered to let Hallman sit in a patrol vehicle to cool off, reports show.
While walking over to sit in the vehicle, officer Joel Walker notified Officer Hartman and Lt. Cruise of additional suspicion.
“Officer Walker advised me that he believed she (Hallman) was concealing more marijuana internally in her rectal area,” Hartman said. “Ms. Hallman insisted that she did not have anything else on her person, but then she began to shift her shorts around at which time two small clear plastic bags containing suspected marijuana fell from her shorts and onto the ground.”
Hallman then attempted to stomp on the evidence, reports show.
A few minutes later, Hallman was asked to exit the back of the police vehicle in order to sign a property receipt, when additional marijuana was located.
“When I removed Ms. Hallman from the vehicle, officer Walker noticed two more clear bags containing suspected marijuana in the back seat where Ms. Hallman had been seated,” Hartman said. “I then pulled the seat out and found two more bags stuffed down in the back of the seat.”
Hallman was later transported to Catoosa County jail where detention officers located two more bags of marijuana on her, reports show.
Witnesses and the original complainant told police that they observed two black males buy drugs from Hallman, and that they witnessed two white males in a maroon Ford Cobra Mustang come in the park to make a purchase as did a 4-door pickup truck hauling a trailer.
“The witnesses advised me that Ms. Hallman would lay the bag of marijuana between her purse and cup on the picnic table, and that the buyers would then lay the money down and pick up the marijuana and leave,” Hartman said.
Hallman bond was set at $23,500, in addition to the cash bond for the bench warrant of $65.