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Women had over 2 pounds of meth

A Floyd County woman and a friend are facing drug trafficking charges in Letcher County after being indicted here for allegedly smuggling more than two pounds of methamphetamines into the county from Atlanta, Georgia.

According to a citation issued by Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Martin, police learned in the process of a drug trafficking investigation that Amy Jo King, 38, of Bypro in Floyd County, was making a trip to Atlanta to pick up crystal methamphetamine. Martin, who is assigned to the Pikeville KSP post, obtained a search warrant in Floyd District Court, and learned the route King would be using on her way back to Kentucky.

Martin, KSP Trooper Josh Rich- ardson and Sgt. Derek Sturgill of the Hazard post stopped the car King was riding in as it crossed the Virginia state line at Pound Gap. Martin wrote in the citation that the driver of the car, who was not identified, gave police consent to search, and on having King, and another passenger, Tara N. Blevins, 38, of Staffordsville in Johnson County, get out of the car, King admitted to having one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of crystal meth in her purse in the trunk of the car.

Martin wrote that she was taken to the Whitesburg Police Department, where she was given a Miranda warning and a recorded statement was taken before police took King to jail.

According to citations, Blevins, who was also a passenger in the car, had travelled with King to Atlanta for buying and transporting meth back to Kentucky. Martin wrote that he found a handgun in her purse, and through interviews learned she had been promised an ounce of meth in order to make the trip with King. She was also indicted.

King, of 22054 Ky. Rt. 122, Bypro, is charged with complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, with a firearms enhancement; complicity to use/ possess drug paraphernalia with a firearms enhancement; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon with an enhancement for first-degree persistent felony offender; and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. She is charged with acting either alone or in complicity with Blevins in manufacturing, distributing or dispensing, or selling approximately 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm. She is also accused of being in possession of electronic digital scales, syringes with needles and small plastic bags “commonly used to traffic in controlled substances.” The arrest occurred on November 7, 2018.

In a second indictment, King is facing charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense (heroin), with a firearms enhancement and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (clonazepam) with a firearms enhancement, second offense; use/possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree promoting contraband into the Letcher County Jail; and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. That incident allegedly occurred on November 8, the day after her arrest.

According to the citation, the second set of charges are the result of King allegedly having two packages of heroin and some Neurontin pills hidden in her vagina when she was searched at the Letcher County Jail.

Blevins, of 11025 Hwy 580, Staffordsville, is charged with complicity with King in first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, with a firearms enhancement, complicity to use/ possess drug paraphernalia, and complicity to carrying a concealed weapon. Her charges are from the November 7, 2018, traffic stop.

Martin testified before the grand jury in the cases.

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