A Middlesboro Fire Department paramedic was arrested Monday on charges stemming from the alleged fraudulent use of a credit card belonging to the city of Middlesboro.
According to the citation, Brian Melton, 42, of Pineville, was arrested by Middlesboro Police Department Officer Joe Holder for allegedly dispensing $1,025.52 worth of gasoline into his personal vehicles from November 29, 2016 until March 6, 2017. The gas was purchased at the Pilot station in Middlesboro.
The citation goes on to state that once arrested, Melton gave consent to search his vehicle and his locker and the Middlesboro Fire Department. In the driver’s side door of Melton’s vehicle, officers state they discovered a clear plastic baggy containing 1.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The city’s gasoline card was also discovered in the map pocket of the driver’s door, according to the citation.
Also according to the citation, prior to discovering the contraband in the vehicle Melton was found to have in his wallet one clear plastic baggy containing residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Melton was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 but under $10,000; first-degree possession of controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine); and buying/possession drug paraphernalia.
Assisting at the scene was Middlesboro Lt. Tom Busic.
Information from The Big One WRIL.