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Cops say they watched as fast-food worker ate pain pill he held illegally




An employee of a Whitesburg restaurant was arrested this week after he allegedly swallowed a prescription narcotic he possessed illegally in front of two police officers.

The arrest was made after Sgt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Surber confronted 22-yearold Derrick L. Johnson in the Dairy Queen parking lot on June 8 and told him he had been accused by others of selling drugs while working at Dairy Queen.

Damron said Johnson, of McRoberts, denied the accusations and then turned away from the officers when someone called his name over a speaker near the drive-thru order station. Damron said he followed closely as Johnson walked toward the intercom at the drivethru menu board and “took a metal pill container from his left pocket, opened it and dumped a green pill into his mouth and swallowed it.”

Damron said Johnson admitted he had swallowed a 10 milligram pill of hydrocodone that he bought earlier from someone in McRoberts.

Johnson was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was still being held in the Letcher County Jail on Tuesday June 9. Bail was set at $1,000.


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