An Ermine man is being held under a $30,000 cash bond on synthetic drug trafficking charges after his girlfriend allegedly overdosed.
James Smith, 22, of Licking Rock Branch on Craft’s Colly, was arrested Monday after his girlfriend had been taken to the emergency room and placed on a ventilator after being found unresponsive.
Kentucky State Police Detective Scott Caudill wrote in his citation that he was called to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital to assist Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields with a possible overdose about 8 a.m. Monday. Caudill wrote that he met Smith at the hospital and that he “appeared excited, then lethargic,” and Smith told him that his girlfriend may have had some meth and some “fake pot.” The citation says woman’s mother arrived and said the two were in “bad shape” the night before, and she had picked up a two-year-old child at the residence and taken it out of the home because it appeared to have a bite mark on its elbow.
Based on those statements, Caudill obtained a search warrant for the home. According to records,
Caudill and Trooper Anthony Trotter searched the home and found drug paraphernalia, a substance believed to be synthetic drugs packaged in small individual packets typically used to transport and sell drugs, and a large foil bag labeled with the name of designer drugs, and several other items.
Smith was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense; trafficking in synthetic drugs, first offense; possession of synthetic drugs, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified); third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; and endangering the welfare of a minor.