Police say a child was in apartment

Last updated: June 23. 2014 2:58PM - 2112 Views
By - acloud@civitasmedia.com



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Two people accused of making methamphetamine were indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury recently.


Tangia A. Ellison, 36, of Middlesboro, and James D. Hamlin III, 39, of Kenton, were both indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine.


According to the arrest citation, the Middlesboro Police Department received a complaint on a trespasser at an apartment in Cumberland Village. When officers arrived at the apartment, Ellison opened the door and told police there was no one else there except her 1-year-old child.


The citation states that after searching the home, officers found Hamlin hiding in the bedroom closet with a one-pot meth lab, drain cleaner and Coleman fuel.


Two additional one-pot meth labs were found, police said. In addition, materials to manufacture meth were found in the kitchen.


According to the indictment, police also located the 1-year-old child who was in the apartment.


Ellison and Hamlin were both indicted for fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.


Hamlin was also indicted for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and being a persistent felony offender. He allegedly tried to prevent officers from arresting him.


MPD Lt. Joe Holder, Lt. David Buis and officers Chuck Bruce and Clay Hurd assisted in the investigation.


Other indictments and charges include:


• Ralph Nichols,49, of Middlesboro, theft of identity of another without consent and second-degree possession of a controlled substance;


• James Travis Helton, 23, of Barbourville, fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 within a six-month period and second-degree burglary;


• Michael A. Rutherford Jr., 29, of Pineville, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia;


• Richard E. Mossing III, 37, of Middlesboro, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving on DUI suspended license, no or expired registration receipt and failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance.


Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.

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