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TBI director: Bobo suspect tried smuggling meth into jail


On the same day Zachary Adams pleaded not guilty for the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo, the head of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was at the state Capitol potentially shedding some light on the case.

Senators convened for a judiciary committee hearing to look at several bills aimed at curbing meth use in Tennessee, and TBI Director Mark Gwyn shared some pains of the drug from the front lines of law enforcement.

"I've been battling this meth issue for a long time," Gwyn said.

Gwyn then mentioned a name that those like state Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, didn't expect to hear: Holly Bobo.

"That was surprising to me that that was brought up, but it's relevant," Stevens said.

It's relevant in this hearing because Gwyn said Bobo's case has to do with meth.

"I worked one of the first methamphetamine-related murders back into the 90s, where a guy kidnapped two young men, tortured them for seven days, killed both of them, threw them off into Center Hill Lake," Gwyn said. "Fast-forward to 2014, and I thought in my career that would be the only time I would ever see anything like that."

For the past three years, the TBI has put hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into finding Bobo, the nursing student who disappeared from her Parsons, TN, home back in 2011.

But, last week, came a big break in the case.

"We made an arrest. Lo and behold, the person has several meth-related charges. And the night we arrested him, he was trying to get meth into the jail," Gwyn said.

That person is Adams, who was first taken to the Decatur County Jail. The TBI says Adams smuggled meth into jail when he was transferred to Chester County.

Adams' arrest history shows that for years he's been in and out of jail for drugs and violence.

"At what point do we not stop this?" Gwyn asked.

It's a cycle Gwyn wants to see end.

"At what point do we stop the murders? I don't want to inconvenience anybody. There is no family in this state that deserves to go through what that family went through for the past three years," Gwyn said.

Adams' appearance in Decatur County court was very short Tuesday afternoon. He entered a not guilty plea in Bobo's kidnapping and murder and is due back in court next month for a status hearing.

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