Drug warrants served


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



While Middlesboro Police Department helped troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 10 conduct a drug roundup in Bell County on Wednesday morning, they were able to serve seven criminal complaint warrants from their department.

Those arrested included:

*Gary D. Beeler, 55, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

*Jo A. Bolt, 51, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

*Douglas M. Davis, 43, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

*Cheyene L. Leach, 24, of Middlesboro, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

*Angela K. McVey, 33, of Middlesboro, two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

*Benny K. McVey, 37, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and new charge of second-degree of trafficking a controlled substance;

*Brian T. Patterson, 29, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

In other police news, an Illinois mother and father is behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center after officers say they were both passed out in a vehicle at the Shell station, while their 3-year-old and 9-month-old sons were in the backseat.

According to the arrest citations, Middlesboro Officer Josh Burchett found both Tara L. Mills, 29, of Zion, Illinois, and Alan Japuntich, 30, of Gurnee, Illinois, passed out with the car running. Mills was in the drivers seat and Japuntuch was in the front passenger seat. Burchett could see a pill bottle with a clear bag hanging out. Burchett had to knock and shake on the vehicle to get the pair to finally wake up. Both individuals allegedly said there was heroin in the bag.

Mills and Japuntich were both charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The individuals were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

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

By Reina P. Cunningham

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