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Hearing is set for Isom man

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) for an Isom man who was arrested recently after police say they found pain pills and cash in his home.

Billy Stewart, 65, was charged with second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest after police searched his home on February 19.

Police say the search executed by officers with Kentucky State Police Post 13, the Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department, Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement turned up $16,730 and 626 pills, including an undetermined number of prescription narcotics.

A citation written by KSP Detective Ben Campbell charges that Stewart was attempting to flush pills in a toilet when Trooper Ronnie Long entered the home.

Long wrote in a citation that after an officer knocked on Stewart’s door and identified himself as being with Kentucky State Police, Stewart ran to a bathroom, attempted to flush pills down the toilet and ignored police when he was told to stop.

“(Stewart) was given verbal commands to stop, (Stewart) refused and a struggle ensued,” wrote Long. “(Stewart) had to be Tazed due to his repeated attempts during the struggle to attempt to flush the toilet. (Stewart) still after being Tazed was able to flush the toilet, and this officer was able to get four pill bottles out of water. Two bottles were empty and two of them had pills inside of them.”

Campbell wrote that “all evidence taken will be sent to the lab for analysis or stored at Post 13.” Campbell said several different Schedule III narcotics were confiscated. (Schedule III drugs include pain pills such as Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin, Tylenol 3 and their generic equivalents.)

“I advised (Stewart) of his rights when I told him he needed to stop selling pills,” wrote Campbell. “(Stewart) stated he would stop.”

KSP Detective Ben Campbell has charge of the investigation.

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