Anonymous call leads to double arrest

An anonymous call to Middlesboro Dispatch reporting suspicious activity at the Middlesboro Inn on Cumberland Avenue led to two arrests on the morning of Jan. 9.

According to the citation Middlesboro Police Department Officer Jeremiah Johnson responded to a hotel room accompanied by Sgt. Wade Barnett and shortly afterward Officer Joel Quillen. Johnson performed a “knock and talk” on the room and inside were occupants Tony Allen Marsee, 47, and Jessica Nicole Hall, 32, both of Middlesboro.

The police stated that once the door was opened the officers were able to visibly see a pipe with residue and scales on a piece of furniture in the room, along with a 9 mm handgun behind Marsee. During the incident, Johnson learned from dispatch that Marsee had an outstanding bench warrant, parole violation warrant and was a convicted felon. Once the pair was in custody a search of the room was performed and the officers said they found a large quantity of a clear rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine in two large baggies along with a pill bottle with smaller baggies and $1,278 in cash.

Marsee was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possessing drug paraphernalia and was served a bench warrant.

Hall was charged on a count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

In other police news:

• Arthur Miller, 57, of Flatlick, was arrested on Jan. 10 by Kentucky State Police on charges of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking a legend drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle under the influence, careless driving, failure to wear seat belts, failure to produce insurance card and no registration receipt.

• Amy Miracle, 34, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Jan. 8 by the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

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