2017-07-05 / Front Page

Indictments include heroin count


THERE’S A McDONALD’S IN THERE — Work continued this week on a remodeling project that has been underway at the Whitesburg McDonald’s since June 20. While the restaurant’s new look is being put together, a full menu is available at the drive-thru. THERE’S A McDONALD’S IN THERE — Work continued this week on a remodeling project that has been underway at the Whitesburg McDonald’s since June 20. While the restaurant’s new look is being put together, a full menu is available at the drive-thru. Two Jenkins residents were indicted by the Letcher County Grand Jury recently after less than two grams of heroin and 20 Xanax tablets were found in the car in which they were riding.

Michael D. Hughes, 42, of 4963 Ky. Hwy. 805, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and careless driving on April 4.

Shannon S. Hale, 39, also of 4963 Ky. Hwy. 805, is accused of trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense, less than two grams heroin), tampering with physical evidence, and trafficking in a controlled substance (third degree, first offense, drug unspecified).

Kentucky State Trooper Josh Richardson testified in the cases.

In citations issued at the time of their arrests, Richardson said he and a fellow state police trooper stopped the gold 1999 Jeep Cherokee being driven by Hughes after noticing there was no information written on a temporary license tag that “appeared fictitious.”

“As I approached the vehicle the driver began slowing down to a very low rate of speed and began weaving and could not maintain the lane of travel,” Richardson wrote in the citation, adding that when he stopped the Jeep the driver, Hughes, handed over his “EBT card” when he had been asked for his driver’s license.

“Mr. Hughes was becoming extremely nervous,” Richardson wrote. “I then requested the driver to exit the vehicle. I also observed a female later identified as Shannon Hale. Mrs. Hale was also extremely nervous.”

Richardson said that after a search of the Jeep turned up nothing, he was notified by staff at Kentucky State Police 13 in Hazard that Hale may have had an active warrant for her arrest from another state.

“I asked Mr. Hughes and Shannon Hale to stand at the rear of their Jeep while Trooper Martin and I spoke about the situation,” Richardson wrote, adding that he then “observed Shannon Hale remove a blue jacket and hand it to Mr. Hughes, who then placed the item inside one of the back seats of the Jeep. I then walked over to the vehicle and picked up the jacket. Inside the right pocket was a prescription bottle containing eight packages of suspected heroin and over 20 dosage units of Xanax.”

Richardson noted that Hale admitted to having had the drugs in her pants and placing them inside the jacket in fear she would be taken to jail on the warrants.

Others named in the latest indictments returned by the grand jury are:

• Thomas Emanuel Riley — First degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, first offense), first degree possession of methamphetamine (first offense), possession of controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Riley, 34, of 6 Ministry Lane, Whitesburg, is accused of possessing cocaine, methamphetamine and Subutex on May 11. He is also charged with intent to use drug paraphernalia including a syringe.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Alisha Congleton testified in the case.

• David Wells — Complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), complicity to first degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor (first offense), complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to possession of a controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wells, 31, of 8050 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, is charged with acting in complicity with Bobby Gibson, Douglas Gibson, Eric Shuffler and James Elswick to manufacture methamphetamine on April 23. Wells is also accused of acting with the same four men in possessing methamphetamine, suspected crack cocaine, a precursor of methamphetamine, a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, and with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Bobby Gibson — Complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), complicity to first degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor (first offense), complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree), complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to possession of a controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bobby Gibson, 28, of 46 Orange Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with acting in complicity with David Wells, Douglas Gibson, Eric Shuffler and James Elswick to manufacture methamphetamine on April 23. Bobby Gibson is also accused of acting with the same four men in possessing methamphetamine, suspected crack cocaine, a precursor of methamphetamine, a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, and with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Douglas Gibson — Complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), complicity to first degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor (first offense), complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to possession of a controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Douglas Gibson, 57, of 46 Orange Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with acting in complicity with David Wells, Bobby Gibson, Eric Shuffler and James Elswick to manufacture methamphetamine on April 23. Douglas Gibson is also accused of acting with the same four men in possessing methamphetamine, suspected crack cocaine, a precursor of methamphetamine, a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, and with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• James Oneil Elswick — Complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), complicity to first degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor (first offense), complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to possession of a controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Elswick, 36, of 5766 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, is charged with acting in complicity with Bobby Gibson, Douglas Gibson, Eric Shuffler and David Wells to manufacture methamphetamine on April 23. Elswick is also accused of acting with the same four men in possessing methamphetamine, suspected crack cocaine, a precursor of methamphetamine, a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, and with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Eric Shuffler — Complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), complicity to first degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor (first offense), complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense), complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to possession of a controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shuffler, 35, of 1345 Old Piney Woods Rd., Jasper, Ala., is charged with acting in complicity with Bobby Gibson, Douglas Gibson, David Wells and James Elswick to manufacture methamphetamine on April 23. Shuffler is also accused of acting with the same four men in possessing methamphetamine, suspected crack cocaine, a precursor of methamphetamine, a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, and with trafficking in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Joseph C. Profitt — Possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance (second degree, drug unspecified), public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and controlled substance prescription not in original container.

The grand jury accuses Profitt, 41, of 3904 Thornton Rd., Whitesburg, of possessing suspected methamphetamine and Suboxone on May 11. Profitt is also charged with appearing in a public place under the influence of a controlled substance and failing to have a prescribed controlled substance in its original container.

Whitesburg City Police Officer Josh Little testified in the case.

• Eric Scott Frazier — Manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), possession of a meth precursor (first offense), possession of marijuana and being a persistent felony offender.

Frazier, 35, of 82 Harbor Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being in possession of a meth precursor and marijuana on June 1.

In a separate indictment, Frazier is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm on June 1.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Sgt. Barry Engle testified in the cases.

• Michael Lynn Caudill — Retaliating against a participant in legal process.

Caudill, 48, of 42 Dove Lane, Millstone, is charged with harming or threatening to harm Pamela Mullins on May 25, who participated in a legal process.

Sgt. Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Larry Wayne Bentley — Assault (third degree), assault (fourth degree) and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Bentley, 39, of 64 Tom Biggs Rd., McRoberts, struck Deputy Jailer Brian Perry when Perry attempted to break up an altercation between Bentley and another inmate in the Letcher County Jail on May 19. Bentley is also charged with injuring Chad Hughes.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Brian Perry testified in the case.

• Stella F. Diets — Promoting contraband (first degree).

Diets, 37, of 5306 Esserville Rd., Norton, Va., is charged with possessing metal tweezers with sharpened edges in the shower room of the Letcher County Jail on April 4 with intent to pass them along to another inmate.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Destini Fields testified in the case.

• Mary Campbell — Assault (third degree).

The grand jury says Campbell, 38, of 60 Chandler Drive, Hallie, intentionally struck Deputy Jailer Brian Perry on May 27 as she left her cell. Five deputies were standing in the hallway when “she charged out of the cell trying to fight us” at 12:30 a.m. on May 27, said an arrest warrant.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Brian Perry testified in the case.

• Clint Collins — Complicity to burglary (third degree) and complicity to criminal mischief (second degree).

Collins, 40, of 3593 Hwy. 1148, Isom, is accused of entering a building on February 24 with Christopher Gross which belongs to Sapphire Coal Company. Collins is also charged with damaging property belonging to Sapphire Coal Company along with Gross, causing a loss of $500 or more by cutting copper at the Sapphire prep plant at Camp Branch. “He (Collins) intentionally destroyed copper wiring at the prep plant by cutting it loose and dropping it out (the window) with the intent to steal. He got stopped before he could get away with the copper this time,” said Timothy Gray of Kramer Security in affidavit for an arrest warrant.

Gray also testified in the case before the grand jury.

• George Hurt — Burglary (second degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, under $10,000) and being a persistent felony offender.

Hurt, 34, of 13389 Main St., Blackey, is charged with entering the home of Norma Kinneer on May 1 and taking property belonging to Kinneer valued at more than $500 but under $10,000.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Alisha Congleton and Norma Kinneer testified in the case.

• Timothy Lee Webb — Theft by deception (include cold checks $10,000 or more).

The grand jury accuses Webb, 62, of 179 Pepperhill Dr., Apt. 1, London, of obtaining the services of Robert Pugh (doing business as P&P Construction) on August 20 by deception with intent to deprive Pugh of $23,023.20.

Robert Pugh (doing business as P&P Construction)

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