Florida Couple Arrested On Drug Charges After Traffic Stop On I-75

Friday, June 20, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A Florida man and woman were arrested on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga after deputies found heroin for resale in their vehicle during a stop.

Aisha Marie Nieves was driving a green Kia when she was stopped by deputies for following the vehicle in front of her extremely closely at high speeds. Cain Christian Blais was riding in the passenger seat. 

Ms. Nieves was asked to get out and sign a warning ticket. While she was out of the vehicle, deputies asked her where they were going.

Another deputy spoke with Blais.

While Ms. Nieves said they were traveling to the Bonnaroo music festival, Blais told deputies they were traveling to see his grandmother who was "dying with double pneumonia." Deputies described Ms. Nieves as "pitching a fit" about the stop. 

All of this seemed suspicious to the deputies, so they deployed a service dog named Rico to check the vehicle.

When the dog indicated that he smelled something by scratching an area of the car, deputies checked and found marijuana. 

When deputies moved to check the glove box, they discovered it was locked and moved to get the keys from Blais. At this point, Blais grabbed his arm. After this, Blais was restrained and handcuffed.

Inside the glove box, deputies discovered heroin in a manilla envelope addressed to Blais. An eye dropper filled with heroin was also found. 

In addition to the drugs, deputies also found digital scales, glass vials, new empty pill capsules, rubber bands, colored balloons, and other items associated with the sale of heroin.

When confronted with the heroin, Blais said it was only ground up hair and nail products. 

After they were taken to the Hamilton County Jail, deputies placed on the intake counter a piece of paper found in the vehicle detailing the record of drug sales. According to deputies, Blais was recorded on camera eating the paper.

For this, he was charged with tampering with evidence. His other charges included possession of heroin for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, and assault on police. 

The case has been bound over to a grand jury.


Chattanooga Police Seek 2 Theft And Fraud Suspects

The Chattanooga Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying two theft/fraud suspects who were captured on camera walking into businesses in the downtown area, stealing purses and other personal items.  The suspects then used the cash and credit cards they stole to purchase over $10,000 in Walmart gift cards. Investigators with the Fraud Unit need assistance ... (click for more)

Bessie Smith Cultural Center Selects Auditing Firm

The board of directors of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center has contracted with an independent auditing firm to review the financial records of the organization and make recommendations on improved financial controls. The firm of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC has been selected. In addition, the board established a community panel to review the current policies and ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)

Stone Leaves South Pitt For Coaching Positions At Boyd-Buchanan

The possibility of a career move was definitely in Wes Stone’s future. The one he took wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen just a few weeks ago. Stone, assistant football and head baseball coach at South Pittsburg, has left the Pirates for teaching/coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan. The 38-year-old Stone, who already is working with the Bucs’ football team as a defensive ... (click for more)

Montgomery Stops Lookouts Thursday, 6-4

The Chattanooga Lookouts jumped out to an early lead, but committed four errors on their way to a 6-4 loss at the hands of the Montgomery Biscuits. Recap Lookouts' center fielder Darnell Sweeney started the game on a positive note for Chattanooga, leading off the bottom of the first with a single. Noel Cuevas followed up Sweeney's single with a line drive base hit of ... (click for more)