Jail deputy allegedly finds drugs


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Officers with the Middlesboro Police Department responded to Bill’s Market on Saturday after receiving a call saying there was a possible drug deal happening in the parking lot.

According to the arrest citation, upon arrival officers found two Middlesboro individuals in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle described — as possibly being involved in a drug deal. Jill Anette Jenkins, 51, also known as Jill Ray, was found to be in possession of the vehicle. Jenkins advised officers that nothing was going on, but did not have identification on her while sitting behind the steering wheel. As Jenkins exited the vehicle, while the door was open, in plain view was an open pack of Timeless cigarettes containing a cigarette with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Also, a clear baggie that contained crystals field tested positive for methamphetamine and a white pill marked m367 believed to be hydrocodone was found in the vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle, Robert Stephen Curran, 51, was in the store and was also arrested. Curran was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins’ arrest citation says after she was placed under arrest and transported to the Bell County Detention Center, Deputy Jailer Miranda Patterson found what was believed to be drugs on Jenkins. While doing a strip search, Patterson found a clear plastic baggie containing clear crystals in Jenkins’ body cavity. Jail deputies contacted MPD and arresting officer Flloyd Patterson returned to the jail to test the drug that was found. The clear crystals tested positive for methamphetamine. A syringe containing a white residue was also seen partially concealed in Jenkins body cavity.

Jenkins’ bond was set at $6,000 and Curran’s was set at $5,000. Both are set to be in court on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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