The Richmond Register

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May 12, 2014

Six arrested on drug charges over weekend

Estill County — Richmond police arrested six people on drug-related charges Saturday and Sunday, ranging from heroin to methamphetamine and marijuana.

At 1:29 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Lantern Ridge Drive in Richmond Centre to investigate a report of suspicious activity.

A drug-sniffing dog detected the odor of a controlled substance in a vehicle occupied by John E. Ray, 36, and Kenneth K. Neeley, 53, both of McKee, and Vickie L. Gibson, 39, of Knott County, the police report stated.

A search of the vehicle then revealed items commonly used in the production of methamphetamine: two boxes of pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries and aluminum foil. In addition, a glass pipe was found in the vehicle and a small amount of marijuana was found in Neeley’s possession, police said.

The three were arrested on the charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where they remained Monday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

Heroin, meth found

At 10:25 p.m. Sunday, the RPD bike patrol on Spring Street pulled over a vehicle police said had no tail lights.

The driver, Melissa I. Lear, 41, of Berea, was arrested after police discovered her license had been suspended, an offense that leads to immediate incarceration in Kentucky.

In Lear’s possession, officers reported finding small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

She then also was charged of two counts of first-degree possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as with three other traffic violations.

Lear was free on bond from previous arrests for drug trafficking, the police report added.

She was lodged in the detention center and remained there Monday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

Heroin, scales found

On Saturday, police arrested William J. Combs, 21, of Ballard Drive and Elmer Campbell Jr., 22, of Turpin Drive, on on heroin-related charges.

At 8:05 p.m., bike patrol officers noticed Combs was operating a vehicle near Moberly Avenue and pulled him over because they knew his driver’s license was suspended, according to the police report.

Police arrested Combs and searched the vehicle in which Campbell was a passenger.

The search produced a small bag of heroin and a set of digital scales, the report stated. A search of the area around the vehicle produced another small bag of heroin, apparently discarded by one of the men, police said.

Both men were charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

They were lodged in the detention center where both remained Monday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

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