Traffic stop lands 2 in jail


A Middlesboro man and woman were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center early Wednesday morning after Middlesboro Police Officer Keith Lowe conducted a traffic stop at U.S. 25E near Waffle King.

According to the arrest citation, the alleged driver of the vehicle, John Curtis Davis, 31, was charged with 12 charges — 11 of which were drug related. The citation states Davis was found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence after he was stopped for swerving and hitting the dotted line two times. The citation further states upon making contact, Davis had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes and when asked to perform standard sobriety tests, he “showed all signs.”

Next, the citation states Davis was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia by having two small baggies of a crystal-like small rock substance believed to be methamphetamine that both other people in the vehicle denied owning. Davis was also charged with possession of marijuana for having a bag of a green, leafy substance and two hand rolled cigarettes that the officer stated in the citation were believed to contain marijuana.

The citation further states that Davis was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance by having four full and five small halves of an orange tablet believed to be Diazapam, 10 white tablets believed to be Ambien, two orange and nine blue full and two blue halves believed to be Xanax and one white tablet believed to be tramadol.

The final drug charges listed in the citation are three counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance for having one pink oblong tablet believed to be hydrocodone, one white round tablet believed to be oxycodone and two orange and white capsules believed to be Vyvanse.

The citation also states that Davis had an outstanding bench warrant for a failure to appear on June 1. Davis is still incarcerated and does not have a bond set at this time.

According to the citation, Miranda Rae Robbins, 21, was charged with two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance by having two orange and nine blue full tablets and two broken ones all believed to be Xanax and one round tabled believed to be tramadol. The citation also states Robbins was charged with illegal possession of a legend drug by having six capsules believed to be Neurontin.

The citation further stipulates Robbins was charged with four counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance by having one white round tablet believed to be oxycodone, two orange and white capsules labeled Vyvanse, two small baggies of a rocky crystal like substance that both field tested positive for methamphetamine and one pink oblong tablet believed to be hydrocodone. Robbins was also charged with drug paraphernalia by having the methamphetamine in baggies.

Additionally, the citation states Robbins was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance by having 10 white tablets believed to be Ambien and four full and five small halves of an orange tablet believed to be Diazapam and possession of marijuana for having a bag of a green, leafy substance and two hand rolled cigarettes that the officer stated in the citation were believed to contain marijuana. Robbins was also served a bench warrant for failure to appear.

In other police news:

* Daniel Patrick Benz, 28, Mountain Iron, Minn., was charged with being a fugitive for being wanted by Minnesota and entered into NCIC stating they would extradite him. The arrest citation stipulates upon arrest, Benz was also charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription not in original container when a pill bottle was found in his right front pant pocket containing two different milligrams of alprazolam.

Benz is still being held in the Bell County Detention Center.

* Ralph Nichols, 50, Middlesboro, was arrested for theft of identity of another without consent and possession of a second-degree controlled substance.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.

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