Traffic stop turns into drug bust; Cleveland woman facing 18-drug charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A routine traffic stop along I-75 turned into a drug bust thanks to a police service dog.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Hamilton County sheriff deputy pulled over Tabitha Hanshaw, 34, of Cleveland Saturday night after noticing her vehicle tags had expired.

The deputy reported that during the stop, he noticed Hanshaw appeared nervous and that she had a difficult time retrieving her drivers license. 

When the deputy reportedly asked Hanshaw if he could search her car, he said her response was,"what’s your probable cause?"

When another deputy arrived on scene, he deployed his service dog which picked up a scent for narcotics. At that point, the deputy said he had probable cause to search the vehicle.

During their search, deputies located:

  • Bumetanide
  • Calcitriol
  • Nabumetone
  • Spironol
  • Adone
  • Benazapril
  • Sennalax
  • Pantoprazole
  • Folic Acid
  • Carvedilol
  • Gabapentin

Deputies also said they found numerous used vials of:

  • Hydromorphone
  • Lorazepam
  • Heparin
  • Preonisolone
  • Levemir
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Cyanocbalamin


A further search of the vehicle reportedly turned up numerous syringes along with other narcotic pills. 

Hanshaw is currently facing a total of 18 drug charges.

A magistrate judge has reportedly denied her bond on several of the charges.

Her next court date is May 18.

Categories: Crime, Hamilton County, Local News