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Three remain in county jail after hiding meth in Rite Aid



Whitesburg pharmacy employees found a small plastic case containing methamphetamine hidden behind packages of baby diapers last week.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields drove through the Rite Aid Pharmacy parking lot around 4 p.m. on April 5 and noticed Curtis L. Thompson, 30, of 892 Bo Fork, sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car. Fields said he knew that an active warrant had been issued on Curtis. Fields charged Thompson with public intoxication of a controlled substance.

Natasha May Genier, 30, of 4206 Craft’s Colly Road, Ermine, was sitting in the car with Thompson when Fields approached the vehicle. Shane Halcomb, 39, of 4206 Craft’s Colly Road, Ermine, came out of Rite Aid while Fields was talking to Thompson.

Genier said she needed to go inside the pharmacy to use a telephone, Fields said.

Rite Aid Pharmacy employees told Fields that Halcomb had purchased a cold pack, which is used to make meth, but left the cold pack on the store counter when he saw a police cruiser parked outside the store, Fields said.

Because Whitesburg police officers had been notified that Halcomb might have meth, Rite Aid employees searched store shelves until an employee found a contact lens case containing meth hidden behind packages of baby diapers.

Genier and Halcomb have both been charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of a meth precursor and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Genier is also charged with public intoxication of controlled substances. Genier received an additional charge of promoting contraband when she was booked into the Letcher County Jail. A deputy jailer found five Claritin pills hidden inside her bra.

A preliminary hearing for Genier is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday in Letcher District Court.

All three remain lodged in the Letcher County Jail. Bonds for Genier and Halcomb are set at $2,000. Bond for Curtis is set at $500 cash.



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