Whitesburg KY

Suspect says drugs were dead friend’s

Police: Pill found on meth suspect may have been made of fentanyl

Two Letcher County residents were charged with drug trafficking after a traffic stop allegedly netted more than a pound each of marijuana and methamphetamines, as well as assorted pills and guns.

According to police, the man said the drugs belonged to his dead friend.

Kentucky State Police charged Justin Lee Cook, 36, of 7515 HWY 317 at Deane, with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, with an enhancement for more than 2 grams of methamphetamine; trafficking in more than 8 ounces and less than 5 pounds of marijuana, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance; first-degree possession of a control substance (opioids); possession of drug paraphernalia; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine enhancement.

Leslie Sturgill, 35, was charged with possession of marijuana; third-degree possession of a controlled substance; illegal possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to citations by Trooper Brandon Watts, about 2:17 p.m. Sunday he saw a black Ford Explorer parked in the middle of the road on Low Gap, and when he walked up and investigated, he spelled marijuana. Watts said when he asked Cook what he was doing in the middle of the road, he noticed a black object in Cook’s hand and noticed that his pants were unbuttoned. Watts said he asked Cook if there was guns in the car, and when he said there were, Watts asked him to get out of the car. Watts said Cook threw an object under the seat and stuck something else in his sock. Watts said he detained Cook and found a glass pipe and a small bag of “crystal like substance” believed to be meth in his sock.

Watts said he also asked Sturgill to get out and when he checked her identification, found that she had several outstanding warrants. After she consented to searching her, Watts said he found a small back of marijuana and several pills.

A search of the vehicle, he said, turned up a pipe from which crystal shards fell on the floor, and several empty plastic bags, a large black pipe with a top on it, a camouflage thermos, a vacuum sealed bag containing crystals believed to be meth, two boxes labeled “420 time” that were believed to contain marijuana, another locked box for which Watts said he found a key and found an estimated 1 pound of meth in various labeled bags, a green backpack containing various bottles of different kinds of prescription drugs including hydrocodone, oxycodone, buprenorpine and other pills Watts said he could not identify because of the large number of pills.

He said one blue pill was inscribed M30 and was similar to a counterfeit pill now being pressed as fentanyl. He said he also located another box with a powdered substance believed to be cocaine, along with a razor and a straw. In addition, Watts said he found a .380 caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard pistol, a Remington 7600 rifle, a Kel-Tec .22 pistol, and $330 in cash.

Watts said he read Cook his rights, and Cook told him the drugs belonged to a friend who had died, and he had been storing them in his garage for the past two weeks. He said he was taking the drugs to dispose of them, and had been gone from his home for about a half-hour when he was caught, the citation says.

Sturgill has been sent to rehab. Cook is being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond in the Letcher County Jail.

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