Whitesburg KY

Two Deane men held after meth, pills found

Police arrested two Deane men after finding methamphetamine, meth precursors and pain pills in a truck at Neon Saturday night.

James Lee Pigman, 57, and Christopher Darrel Hughes, 33, both of Apple Tree Branch, were each charged with unlawful possession of a meth precursor and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Pigman, the driver of the 1995 white Ford Ranger, was also charged with failure to or improper signal and one headlight.

Hughes was also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, tampering with physical evidence and public intoxication controlled substance.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s

Deputy Sidney Fields wrote in a citation that Pigman failed to give a signal light while traveling on KY 805 in Neon at 6:44 p.m. on Jan. 2. Fields documented in the citation that he saw a bag with lithium batteries, coffee filters and cold medicine located in the truck. Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Caudill wrote in a citation that he found rubber gloves, cough syrup and nasal spray in the truck.

Pigman gave consent for the officers to search the truck and told police he had no knowledge of anything being in the truck, according to a citation.

Meth was found in a container under the passenger seat, according to court documents. Police found three hydrocodone tablets, four clonazepam tablets, one subutex tablets and two gabapentin capsules, according to information written by Caudill in a citation.

“Neither the owner of the vehicle nor passenger would accept ownership of the material located in the vehicle and that they did not know where the drugs could have came from,” Caudill wrote in a citation.

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