Girl, 5, finds drugs stashed in her pants

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities in northeast Tennessee have arrested a man they say stashed painkillers in his 5-year-old niece's pants pocket.

Hawkins County Sheriff's investigators arrested 28-year-old Dickie Lynn Keirsey, who police said lives with the child's family.

The Kingsport Times reported Surgoinsville Elementary School principal Susan Trent said the kindergartner felt inside her pants pocket Friday morning and found a bag with 23 Oxycontin pills. As she walked into her classroom, she handed them to her teacher.

Investigators said Keirsey said in a written statement he hid the pills when the pants hung on a clothes rack Thursday.

He is charged with possession of narcotics and reckless endangerment and is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 9.


Information from: Kingsport Times-News,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 38855627 -
Gray Television, Inc.