Justin Logan

Early morning patrol leads to drug bust

An early morning patrol led to an arrest by the Middlesboro Police Department on Dec. 6.

According to the citation, while on routine patrol, Middlesboro Police Department Officer Nick Capps observed a male in a white Ford Explorer getting ready to leave an area around the A.D. Campbell building on Cumberland Avenue. Once the man, later identified as Justin Logan, 30, of Middlesboro, saw Capps he put the Explorer in park and shut the vehicle off. Capps knew that Logan had outstanding warrants so he initiated a stop. Capps stated in the warrant that upon making contact, Logan told him he had “just smoked some pot.” Logan then declined to conduct standard field sobriety tests and gave consent to search his vehicle.

The citation goes on to state that during the search Capps found a baggie containing a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, extra baggies and a digital scale.

Logan was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and advertisement of drug paraphernalia.

In other police news:

• Amanda Earle Beeler, 25, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 4 by MPD Sgt. Det. Joe Holder and charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Daniel Hall, 28, of New Tazewell, was arrested on Dec. 5 by Holder on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and was served a bench warrant.

• Shawn Williams, 33, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 6 by the MPD on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Tony Stamper, 36, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 6 by Holder on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Alta Jones, 18, of Pineville, was arrested on Dec. 7 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Messer on charges of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but under $10,000 and theft by unlawful taking or a firearm.

• Samantha Smith, 24, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 7 by Holder on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Lisa Evans, 40, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 7 by Holder on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Albert Goins, 53, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Messer on charges of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but under $10,000.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.