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Man jailed twice on same day

A McRoberts man was arrested and jailed twice in one day after he was released the first time under a Supreme Court order allowing “administrative release” for nonviolent crimes during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Emory Mitchell Mullins, 46, of 40 Lonesome Dove Dr., was arrested the first time for public intoxication, but was released from jail the same day, Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said.

However he was arrested a second time later in the day on more serious charges. Stines said Deputy Seth Whitaker was dispatched to 2500 block of Hwy 805 in Neon after the 9-1-1 dispatch center in Hazard received a report of a suspicious vehicle with possible drugs. Whitaker located the vehicle and pulled it over. According to the citation, Whitaker received permission to search the vehicle and found a bag on the passenger side of the car, where Mullins was seated, containing a pipe, two needles, and a pistol. The citation said he also found two plastic baggies with a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Mullins was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence for allegedly dumping methamphetamine into a drink when the traffic stop was conducted.

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