Johnson arrested on meth charge
Undercover sting leads to prostitution arrests
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
Middlesboro Police arrested a man on a meth charge on Thursday.
Randall Scott Johnson, 39, of LaFollette, Tenn., was arrested by Lt. Tom Busic for first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
According to the arrest citation, Busic received an anonymous complaint that Johnson was in Kroger Pharmacy attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine and had attempted to shoplift lithium batteries.
The citation states Busic observed Johnson’s vehicle pull into Walmart. After Busic stopped Johnson’s vehicle and as a result of a search, a burnt light bulb that appeared to be used to smoke meth was found in the car. Johnson also allegedly attempted to chew up a coffee filter that tested positive for meth.
In Johnson’s pocket there was allegedly a used glass pipe and two small baggies of white powder that also tested positive for meth.
Johnson was arrested in the Walmart parking lot.
He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.
In other police news, an undercover sting in Pennington Gap, Va. led to the arrest of three women on prostitution charges and one on a drug charge.
According to Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons, those arrested and charged with prostitution were Lacie Renae Duncan, 22, Marsha Ann Perry, 31, and Sheila Jean Harless, 52, all of Pennington Gap.
Harless was also charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
Parsons reports he had several citizen complaints of prostitutes operating in the town of Pennington Gap. He said the undercover operation was conducted on Wednesday afternoon.
The operation was a cooperative effort between the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennington Gap Police Department, Virginia State Police and members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force.
Other recent arrest include:
* Timothy Aaron Reynolds, 18, of Corbin, was arrested by Bell County Deputy Jared Smith and charged with three counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, three counts of prescription controlled substance not in original container, drug paraphernalia and public intoxication with a controlled substance;
* Jerry Lee Marlow, 27, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Brian Greene for first-degree possession of a controlled substance;
* Michael Wayne Hoskins, 31, of Middlesboro, was arrested by MPD officer Kenny Lowe for violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
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