Officers with the Middlesboro Police Department say they stopped a Ford Ranger at 20th Street and Cumberland on Sunday for a traffic violation and what started as a routine traffic stop led to a Middlesboro man behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center for a methamphetamine charge.
According to the arrest citation, Eddie D. Muncy, 58, was a passenger in the Ford Ranger and upon exiting the vehicle, he sat down and removed a glass pipe used in illegal consumption of drugs from his person and tried to kick the pipe in an attempt to not get caught. Officers say at that point they asked Muncy if he had anything else in his possession and he reached into his right pocket and grabbed change, two knives and a clear baggy with a crystal like substance. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine at the Middlesboro Police Department.
In an unrelated event, a Tazewell, Tennessee woman was recently lodged in the Bell County Detention Center after police say she was driving on a suspended license, had no valid proof of insurance and had two peach oblong tablets labeled ‘V3605’ believed to be hydrocodone in her front pants pocket. Vickie Lynne Grew, 54, was arrested on Friday for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating on a suspended/revoked operators license and failure of owner to maintain required insurance. Grew was released from the detention center on Monday.
In other police news:
*Charles Avery Helton, 36, of Rose Hill, Virginia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). According to the arrest citation, Helton possessed a clear rock-like substance appearing to be methamphetamine in a cigarette pack in his pocket.
*Roger Lee Jones, 30, of New Tazewell, Tennessee, served a bench warrant. Jones was wanted out of Virginia on drug charges. Virginia confirmed they wanted Jones held in Bell County.
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