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Seven months after being charged wi t h drug trafficking and gun offenses, a former Letcher County man was arrested again last week in Perry County and charged with drug trafficking and fleeing from police.

Eric Shuffler, who gave an address in Jasper, Ala., at the time of previous arrest, was arrested shortly after 8 p.m., August 4, in Hazard and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Shuffler is formerly of Letcher County, and now gives an address in Perry County.

“Some of our interdiction people tried to make a traffic stop, and he attempted to evade them by going down the road to the country club down by the college,” said M. Trooper Jody Sims, spokesman for KSP Post 13.

Shuffler is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, more than two grams of methamphetamine; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, less than 10 dosage units of unspecified Schedule I and II narcotics; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, less than 20 dosage units of a schedule III narcotic; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; second- degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle) and several traffic violations.

In 2018, police were called to investigate a Mercedes Benz that was parked on the side of KY 7 near in the Twin Bridges area. Police said at the time that Shuffler was passed out behind the wheel. The indictment charged that in addition to two guns, Shuffler had more than two grams of methamphetamine, nine syringes, a spoon, a straw, a pipe and a scale box in his possession at the time of that arrest.

Shuffler was sentenced to two years in prison in that case, and was paroled in January.

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