Whitesburg KY

Jenkins man asked officer if she would accept bribe, court documents charge

A Jenkins man has been charged with attempting to bribe a lawenforcement officer after police say they found nearly $5,000 cash and more than 1,000 pain pills in a hidden room in a house located on High Street.

Phillip R. Tackett, 42, of 160 High Street, is accused of trying to buy off Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis when he said: “While I have you by yourself, let me ask you, what can I do or how much would it take for you to let me go or give me lesser charges?”

The allegations against Tackett are included in an arrest citation written by Davis after she and Fleming-Neon Police Officer Adam Swindall stopped by Tackett’s house after receiving a domestic violence complaint around 11 p.m. June 11.

After the two officers arrived at the scene, Melissa Jones, who also lives in the home, escorted Davis and Swindall inside. Court documents say the two officers then saw a kitchen plate with white pill residue on it and two small straws in plain view in the living room, Davis wrote in the citation. Two white, oblong pills were found in the floor by a coffee table, Davis added.

During a search of the home, police found a fully loaded .22 revolver under a mattress in a bedroom and a pillowcase containing several pills that Tackett identified as 30-milligram tablets of the painkiller Roxicodone (oxycodone), the citation says.

Swindall, who lived at the home nine years ago, said he discovered a marijuana grow room in the basement in a room where the doorway was blocked by a dresser.

Three full-grown marijuana plants and several pill bottles containing narcotics not prescribed to Tackett were found in the basement, the citation said. Police say they also found five round plastic containers with cash inside wrapped in several grocery store bags.

Tackett was arrested at 1:36 a.m. June 12 and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana (less than five plants), trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces), first-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), second-degree possession controlled substance and bribery of a public servant.

Jenkins Sgt. Josh Richardson and Fleming-Neon Chief Mike Dingus assisted in the search and subsequent arrest.

Tackett was being held in the Letcher County Jail early Wednesday. Bond is set at $10,000 cash with home incarceration. Under conditions of the bond, Tackett is prohibited from having any contact with Jones.

A preliminary hearing for Tackett was scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Letcher District Court.

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