MPD arrest man on possession charges

By Anthony Cloud acloud@civitasmedia.com

February 20, 2014

The Middlesboro Police Department arrested a man on Monday after allegedly being caught concealing drugs. Brandon Lee Foster, 28, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Keith Lowe and charged with first-, second- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

The citation states Foster was witnessed inside a black Nissan Altima and a large white work truck. Once he was caught behind the truck, he was seen concealing something in his sock. A silver container containing what was believed to be oxycodone, buprenorphine hydrocholride (sublingual) and Zolpidem was found as a result of a search.

The alleged victim claimed he was missing between $140 to $150 from his wallet that was in the truck. Foster claimed he found the container of pills in the truck.

Foster was arrested at the Days Inn on 16th Street and Cumberland. He was also charged with theft by unlawful taking. He was being held at the Bell County Detention Center on a $1,000 cash bond.

In other police news, a DUI arrest led to felony theft charges on Thursday. Becky Lynn Avans, 28, of Middlesboro, was arrested by MPD Officer Barry Cowan and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and theft by deception under $10,000.

According to the arrest citation, Lt. Tom Busic was traveling north on south 38th Street when he noticed Avans make an extreme wide right turn onto south 38th Street. Busic watched Avans cross the center line several times before conducting a traffic stop at Pinnacle Homes.

During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Avans had rented a TV valued at $500 from American Rental and had stopped paying for it the citation states. She allegedly pawned the TV at Middlesboro Pawn for $150.

Avans was also charged with theft under $500 and second-degree forgery based on a warrant signed by Lt. David Buis. She was lodged at the detention center.

Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.