2017-08-16 / News

Man pleads guilty in Pike meth case involving wife


A Letcher County man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges filed against him in Pikeville earlier this year.

Jody Ray Rose, 35, of Neon, entered the plea August 8 in Pike Circuit Court. Rose was arrested on drug related charges twice in Pikeville last March — for possession of methamphetamine on March 8 and for possession of marijuana on March 30 when he attempted to enter the Pike County Judicial Center.

In the first arrest, Rose was found to be in the possession of meth at the Pikeville City Park following a traffic stop in which his wife, 24-year-old Laken Bates of Richmond, was arrested on charges of possessing meth.

After running Bates’s driver’s license during a traffic stop, Pikeville Police Officer Joseph Slone found there were warrants for her arrest from Letcher County and asked her to step out of her vehicle. When she did, Slone saw a small baggie containing crystal meth near the driver’s seat. During a search of the vehicle, Slone also found a used hypodermic needle, burnt aluminum foil and small white pieces of the anti addiction drug Subutex.

Bates was arrested on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

During her arrest, Bates told Slone that her husband, Rose, was walking in the city park with another woman. Officers made contact with Rose at the park and found him to be sweating profusely. Arrest documents said Rose had red glassy eyes and fast speech and was unsteady on his feet.

As Rose was being arrested for public intoxication, officers found him in possession of a clear baggie containing crystal meth. He was transported to the Pike County Detention Center where, despite his denial, he was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Rose was then charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense) and first-degree promoting contraband.

After his release from the detention center, Rose attempted to enter the Pike County Judicial Center while in possession of marijuana, which court bailiffs found after Rose set off metal detectors. He was then placed under arrest for a second time.

On August 11, Rose entered a plea agreement through his defense attorney, Emma Jones, in which he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and first-degree promoting contraband, with a charge of being a persistent felony offender dropped pursuant to the agreement.

Assistant Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Erin Chamberlin recommended Rose serve one year in prison for each of the charges, with that sentence beginning upon the completion of a parole sentence Rose is currently serving in Letcher County.

According to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup, Rose is currently serving time in the Letcher County Jail. He is scheduled to be released in 2022.

Rose’s wife, Bates, is also in the Letcher County Jail, serving a two-year sentence for promoting contraband.

Chase Ellis is a reporter for the Appalachian News- Express in Pikeville.

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