Whitesburg KY

6 charged in meth raid at Pistol City

Kentucky State Police charged six people with eight counts each related to trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine after a raid at Pistol City this week.

Charged in the case are Eric E. Shuffler, 35, of Old Piney Woods Road, Jasper, Ala.; James O’Neal Elswick, 36, of Hwy 931 N, Sandlick; Douglas Gibson, 57, of Orange Drive, Pistol City; Bobby Gibson, 28, of Orange Drive; David Wells, 30, of Hwy 931 N; and Kesha Cook, 27, of Orange Drive.

KSP Trooper Brandon Watts wrote in his citation that he and Trooper Mikey Caudill were dispatched to 46 Orange Drive to investigate heavy traffic to and from the home. Watts said they saw what appeared to be a drug sale through the window, and knocked on the door. Eric Shuffler answered the knock, and came outside at the troopers’ request, Watts wrote. Watts said Caudill located a Tylenol container with a white, powdery substance in Shuffler’s pocket, and the two troopers had everyone in the house come out onto the porch and went inside.

According to the citation, troopers found a one-step meth lab, coffee filters, salt, tubing of several Mountain Dew bottles, camping fuel, and several containers of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. A further search revealed a small plastic bag with a brown rock believed to be crack cocaine, a scale, and a tin container with a straw, small plastic baggies and a buprenorphine tablet.

The citation says one of the six arrested attempted to discard a pill container believed to contain meth while on the porch.

All six are charged with first- degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) first offense, manufacturing methamphetamine first offense, unlawful possession of meth precursor first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

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