The Jenkins mayor says he is “disgusted and disappointed” after two Jenkins city water plant employees were arrested at work on drug trafficking and possession charges.
Steve Eric Addington, 39, and Kori Ryne Standifur, 28, each were charged after midnight on Sunday morning with multiple counts related to drug possession and/and or trafficking.
Addington was charged with 10 counts related to drug possession and trafficking. He was released on a $10,000 property bond on Monday. Standifur was charged with six counts.
Mayor Todd Depriest issued a written statement, saying he believes it is “an isolated incident, exclusive to these two individuals.”
“As mayor, I am absolutely disgusted and disappointed in the actions of these two employees and I will in no way tolerate it,” Depriest said. “After reviewing all the information provided to me, I placed both employees on administrative leave without pay pending a full investigation immediately as we have zero tolerance for this sort of behavior.”
Depriest said Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner had parked his cruiser in the water plant parking lot when his shift ended at midnight Saturday night, when Standifur approached him and “appeared obviously intoxicated and smelled of marijuana.” According to city officials, Garner spoke with Addington, and then asked both employees for permission to search their vehicles. Officials said both were found to have drugs and other illegal items on their persons and in their cars.
According to a list compiled by police, they confi scated quantities of Suboxone, Xanax, Oxycodone, Klonopin and other narcotics, small plastic bags, scales and a .380 caliber pistol.
Addington, of Jenkins, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; trafficking in marijuana; four counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a prescription controlled substance not in the original container.
Standifur, of Pound, Va., was charged with thirddegree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified); possession of marijuana; public intoxication (controlled substance, excludes alcohol); possession of drug paraphernalia; tampering with physical evidence; and trafficking in more than 8 ounces and less than 5 pounds of marijuana.
Both men were taken to the Letcher County Jail. Addington is the son of District 5 magistrate candidate Steve Addington, not the candidate.