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2 held on drug counts




CONFISCATED — Seen in this photo are painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone as well as the anti-anxiety pill Xanax. The drugs were confiscated from a Pike County man and woman who remain in the Letcher County Jail on possession and forgery-related charges.

CONFISCATED — Seen in this photo are painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone as well as the anti-anxiety pill Xanax. The drugs were confiscated from a Pike County man and woman who remain in the Letcher County Jail on possession and forgery-related charges.

Two Pike County residents remain in the Letcher County Jail after being arrested last week on a variety of charges related to forging prescriptions to obtain pain pills.

Whitesburg Police Captain Tyrone Fields said he and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Justin Pickrell stopped a red Isuzu Rodeo in the Rite Aid parking lot around 9:25 a.m. on Sept. 1 after receiving complaints that a vehicle was being driven erratically on the Whitesburg bypass.

Fields said Mickey L. Thacker, 38, of 928 Callahan Branch, Kimper, and Amanda F. Thacker, 28, of 4710 Upper Johns Creek, Kimper, had a large amount of forged prescription blanks that had been stolen from a doctor’s office in Pikeville. The forms had been filled out using fake names such as Fenicha, Flora, Fitma and Larry Thacker to obtain controlled substances throughout eastern Kentucky.

The Thackers, who told Fields they are cousins, had seven prescriptions filled using forged prescription blanks at the Whitesburg Rite Aid on Aug. 28. Fields said the prescriptions, which contained fake Letcher County addresses and social security numbers, were used to obtain the pain relievers Percocet (oxycodone) and Lorcet (hydrocodone), as well as the anti-anxiety medicine Xanax.

Fields found a large amount of controlled substances in three large pill bottles in Mickey Thacker’s right shorts pocket. Fields said Mickey Thacker also had $362 cash on him.

After searching the vehicle, police found another pill bottle inside a duffle bag. A plastic bag containing two syringes was found in the floorboard, and two spoons containing pill residue were found in the console. Twenty-six prescriptions — 20 filled out with 12 different names on them — were round under the passenger’s seat. Six of the prescriptions were still blank.

Fields wrote in a police citation that Mickey Thacker’s pupils were dilated, his speech was slurred, and he was unbalanced on his feet. Fields wrote that Amanda Thacker was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech, slowed movements and droopy eyelids.

Fields said Amanda Thacker had possession of two pill bottles containing 45 Xanax tablets.

Mickey Thacker was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a legend drug, prescription of a controlled substance not in proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a forged prescription and theft of a prescription blank for a controlled substance. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance failure to produce insurance card, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle and failure to wear seat belts.

Amanda Thacker was charged with criminal possession of a forged prescription, theft of a prescription blank, first-degree trafficking controlled substance, second-degree trafficking of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a legend drug and public intoxication.

Both were being held in the Letcher County Jail this week, where bond was set at $10,000 cash each.

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