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Meth cases continue to dominate indictments

Methamphetamine use continued to dominate the Letcher County Grand Jury’s time this month as the jury returned nine more indictments related to trafficking or possessing the drug.

There were a total of five other indictments.

Those indicted by the grand jury include the following:

• Angel Hall, 24, of 200 Wright Hollow in Jenkins and Anthony Shawn Tackett, 42, of 277 HWY 343, Neon, both of whom were arrested April 19 in front of the county attorney’s office in Whitesburg after Deputy Sheriff James Norris saw someone leaning inside a black car in which Hall and Tackett were seated and smelled marijuana smoke.

According to citation written at the time, Norris searched the black car and found a purse that held a plastic container with several plastic bags containing a substance thought to be methamphetamine in the floorboard of the passenger side, where Hall had been sitting. Norris wrote that the search also turned up a bag containing a pink substance that Hall said was suboxone, some pills and two loaded handguns — one under the driver’s seat and one under the passenger seat.

The person leaning through the window was also arrested but was not among those indicted last week.

Hall and Tackett are each charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance ( methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree possession of an unspecified drug.

• James E. Collins, 35, and Tenisha Iileen Campbell, 34, both of 746 Stinking Branch, Thornton, were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), trafficking in less than 8 ounces of marijuana (first offense), three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified drug), and four counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Whitesburg Police Officer Michael Garner testified in the case.

Collins was arrested again four days later by Deputy Sheriff Norris. That resulted in an indictment on two charges, including first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Elizabeth Ross, 26, of Millstone, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (over 2 grams of methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified drug), resisting arrest, third-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree terroristic threatening, and receiving stolen property under $10,000.

Ross was arrested April 20 and is accused of walking away from Deputy Sheriff Seth Whitaker when he told her to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed, threatening to assault Whitaker, and elbowing Neon Police Officer Alan Bormas. She is also accused of possessing a 1996 Dodge Ram that she knew or should have known was stolen.

Whitaker testified in the case.

• Christopher Blake Middaugh, 35, of 138 High Street in Jenkins is charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 (shoplifting), first-degree possession of a controlled substance ( first offense, methamphetamine), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, unspecified drug), and third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

Middaugh is accused of stealing $232.45 in merchandise from Walmart on April 20.

Whitesburg Police Officer Jordan Clemons testified in the case.

• Christopher Todd Mullins, 40, of 7917 HWY 931 Whitesburg, was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from a case opened March 24.

Jenkins Police Officer Ryan Turner testified in the case.

• Lona Griffie, 40, of 11173 HWY 160, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident that occurred April 7. Deputy Norris testified in the case.

• Timothy Maggard, 36, and Samantha Cox, 30, of 334 Parson School Road, Partridge, are charged with first-degree criminal abuse for allegedly causing or permitting a child less than 12 who was in their custody to be abused and to suffer serious injury, or “to be subject to torture, cruel confinement” or other cruelty. Further details were not available.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates and Brandon Stidham of the Department of Social Services testified in the case.

• Joel Delon, 45, of Donna, Texas, was indicted on charged in connection with a traffic stop that turned into a police chase on April 21 at Jenkins.

Deon is charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (first offense, refusal to submit to test), operating on a suspended license, reckless driving, resisting an officer and speeding 26 miles per hour over the limit.

Jenkins Police Officer Turner testified in the case.

• Trenton Dixon, 21, of 1636 Carcassonne Road, Blackey, was indicted on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (first offense), reckless driving, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, and rear license not illuminated.

The incident began when Deputy Norris attempted to make a traffic stop at Isom on a vehicle with the license plate light out, and the vehicle fled.

According to the citation at the time, when the vehicle was finally stopped, the driver took off again, striking Constable Terry Perkins with the vehicle.

• Jimmy Scott McIntyre, 42, of 266 Hiram Bailey Loop, Letcher, was indicted on charges of second-degree assault, trafficking in more than 8 ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana, use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (over .08 blood alcohol content, first-offense).

Deputy Whitaker testified in the case.

The grand jury also returned two no true bills and orders of dismissal , one after the complaining witness requested it and the other after the victim told the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office that he did not want to pursue the charges.

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