SURGOINSVILLE — On July 16, 2019, a Kingsport man was arrested near Surgoinsville for intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Michael William Sproles, 29, was charged by Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Deputies with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Around 8:30 p.m., the Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics and Patrol divisions, acting on a tip, arrived at a location on Stanley Valley Road in reference to information that a person at the residence was in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine.

As officers approached the house, they observed a man, later identified as Michael William Sproles, sitting on the porch. When Sproles observed the deputies, he attempted to flee from the porch and run in the house disobeying commands to stop. Sproles was taken into custody inside the residence without incident, the HCSO said.

During the investigation, officers observed a large quantity of controlled substances and cash on the porch where Sproles was setting moments earlier.

Officers seized approximately 7.2 grams of crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, 21.2 grams of marijuana, several empty plastic zip lock bags, scales, and $850 in cash.

Sproles was arrested and transported to the Hawkins Co. Jail where he remained in custody on Thursday morning, at the time of the press release, pending arraignment in General Session Court.

Sproles is currently on probation through the Tennessee Department of Corrections for a previous felony conviction for burglary and theft.