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Deputies visit Ermine home, leave with methamphetamine after man agrees to search

A “knock and talk” visit this week by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office resulted in the arrest of an Ermine man on methamphetamine charges.

James O. Collins III, 41, of Apt. 5, 293 Brass Drive, was arrested October 1 by Deputies Alisha Congleton and Mike Enfus. The two deputies visited Collins’s apartment after members of the public told Sheriff ’s Captain Barry Engle that they believed meth was being sold there. Engle received the complaints over the weekend while at the Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival.

Collins is charged with first- degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense) and buy/possess drug paraphernalia.

An arrest citation written by Congleton says that, “After receiving several complaints from several people that Collins was trafficking drugs from his residence, myself and Deputy Enfus conducted a knock and talk. Upon making contact Collins consented to a search of his residence. I located two bags containing approximately two grams of suspected crystal meth, a glass pipe, and other bags in a dresser drawer in subject’s bedroom. Collins withdrew further consent to search after these items were located. No further search was conducted. Collins was arrested.”

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