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A Neon couple charged with possessing crystal methamphetamine in the Pikeville City Park in early March has been indicted by a Pike County Grand Jury.

Court documents show 35-year-old Jody Rose was arrested after his wife, 24-year-old Laken Carrie Bates, who was also arrested on meth charges, informed officers that Rose was in the park with another person.

According to court documents, Pikeville Police Officer Joseph Slone initiated a stop on a vehicle in which Bates was not wearing her seatbelt March 6. After running her driver’s license, Slone determined there were arrest warrants for Bates from Letcher County, after which he asked her to step out of the vehicle.

When Bates exited the vehicle, Slone observed a small baggie of a substance believed to be crystal meth near the driver’s seat, the citation said.

During a search of the vehicle, Slone also found a used hypodermic needle, burnt aluminum foil and small white pieces of a tablet, which Bates stated was Subutex, the citation said.

Bates, whose address is listed as Richmond, was arrested on charges of first-offense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and seconddegree possession of a controlled substance.

During her arrest, Bates stated to Slone that her husband, whom she identified as Jody Ray Rose, was walking in the city park with another woman, the citation said.

Officers made contact with Rose at the park and, Slone wrote in his citation, Rose was sweating profusely, had red glassy eyes and fast speech and was unsteady on his feet.

Rose was placed under arrest on a charge of public intoxication and, during a search, Slone wrote, officers located a clear baggie containing what officers believed was crystal meth in Rose’s possession.

Rose was transported to the Pike County Detention Center and was asked if he had anything else in his possession, which Rose denied, the citation said.

Deputy jailers at the PCDC located a baggie of marijuana in Rose’s possession during the booking process, court documents show.

Rose, court records show, was arrested on charges of public intoxication, firstoffense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and first-degree promoting contraband.

Bates, according to jail records, was held on a $10,000 surety bond, being released from the Pike County Detention Center on March 20.

Last week, Bates and Rose were each indicted by the most recent Pike grand jury.

Bates was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, as well as second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are class A misdemeanors.

Rose was indicted on charges of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree, a class B felony, first-degree promoting contraband, a class D felony, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

The persistent felony offender charge carries a potential sentence of between 10 and 20 years in prison for Rose, if he is convicted.

Rose was held in custody at the Pike County Detention Center from the time of his arrest until being released March 28.

On March 30, Rose’s troubles with the law were compounded when he was arrested by bailiffs at the Pike County Judicial Center.

According to the citation, Rose attempted to enter the Judicial Center last Thursday, setting off the metal detectors of the building. During a search following the alerts, Pike County Sheriff ’s Deputy/Court Bailiff Kevin Miracle located a baggie filled with suspected marijuana in Rose’s possession, the citation said.

Rose was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana, court documents show.

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



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