Three women and one man have entered pleas of not guilty to methamphetamine-related charges filed against them. All four defendants, two of whom are charged in separate cases, entered the pleas before Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins.
• Michella Ann Sandlin, 45, of Pert Creek is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. According court documents, Mrs. Sandlin surrendered a “small Ziploc” plastic containing the power- ful and highly-addictive stimulant to authorities while being booked into the Letcher County Jail on October 8. She was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates after Bates served “several warrants” against her at her home at 1130 Pert Creek Road, Whitesburg.
“Upon arriving at the jail she produced a small black case that she retrieved from her bra and stated that it was ice (crystal methamphetamine),” Trooper Bates wrote in an arrest citation. “Inside the case was a small Ziploc baggy containing a clear granule substance and a small metal spoon and several other empty Ziploc baggies.”
Bates obtained warrants for the arrests of Sandlin and her husband, Eddie Rocky Sandlin, last winter, charging the couple with fleeing the scene of an accident and possession of meth after a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup in which the couple were riding was found wrecked and abandoned at Thornton in the early morning hours of February 16.
Trooper Bates said at the time that the wreck occurred after the Sandlins fled after he tried to pull them over in traffic at Ermine. Michella Sandlin’s operator’s license was found in the cab of truck. An active meth lab was also discovered inside the truck.
On August 23, Eddie Sandlin was arrested in Louisville on charges of making and possessing meth and with being a fugitive from Letcher County. He was later transferred from Jefferson County to the Letcher County Jail, where he remains.
• Amanda Ann Sizemore, 29, of Jenkins, and Richard Blair, 31, of Virgie are both charged with possession of methamphetamine, public intoxication (controlled substance), second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, and possession of a legend drug.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Watts arrested Sizemore and Blair near downtown Neon on October 1. According to Watts, dispatchers at KSP Post 13 in Hazard received a phone call at 7:38 p.m. that Sunday “in regards to a suspicious male walking around at the Neon Marathon with a knife.”
“ Upon my arrival, (Letcher County Deputy Sheriff ) Mickey Stines had detained the subject as well as a female,” Watts wrote in arrest citations containing the charges against Sizemore and Blair. “Stines stated the accused (Blair) was removing copper from a business sign laying on the ground. Stines stated that (Blair) was hallucinating and talking to people who were not present.
“ I then spoke with (Blair),” Watts added, referring to him as being “very talkative … very alert and restless” and unable to stand still. “The accused kept grinding his teeth between sentences … was very irritable with redness around his nasal cavities (and) sweating profusely.” Watts said Blair told him he had driven Sizemore to the convenience store and once there “asked the clerk about the sign” and was told he could have it.
According the arrest citation, the methamphetamine, marijuana, and the legend drug were found inside a black KIA being driven by Sizemore, who Watts said consented to a search of the vehicle.
“Upon searching the vehicle I located a plastic bag of marijuana joints and a white and pink contact case under the driver’s seat of the vehicle,” Watts wrote in the citation. “The contact case contained a crystal-like rock substance believed to be methamphetamine. Also found in the vehicle was a prescription bottle containing two white pills believed to be (the muscle relaxer) Zanaflex, a non-schedule drug. These pills were not in the proper container.”
According to Trooper Watts, Sizemore told him and Stines that Blair had dropped her off at the Marathon store and left her there while he went to purchase the methamphetamine.
“The accused stated that she and Blair had been in the KIA and stopped for items at the convenience store,” Watts wrote.
Bond for both Sizemore, who is also known as Amanda Archer or Amanda Halcomb, and Blair is set for $10,000 cash. Both were being held in the Letcher County Jail Tuesday night.
• Charity Dawn Sparks, 39, of Little Quillen Fork Road, Jackhorn, was arrested at Walmart in Whitesburg on October 5 and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
According to Whitesburg City Police Officer Matthew Buell, Sparks was found to be in possession of meth after she and two male companions who were caught shoplifting from the store were searched.
“Upon searching Mrs. Sparks I found three small bags of marijuana, a small glass tube containing crystal meth, a scale, multiple needles, multiple small pill pouches (empty), and $354 in cash,” Buell wrote in an arrest citation, adding that it was Mrs. Sparks who identified the meth.