MPD makes meth arrest


A Middlesboro man is behind bars for several methamphetamine charges after officers showed up at his motel room to serve a criminal complaint warrant.

According to the arrest citation, officers with the Middlesboro Police Department went to Days Inn on Monday in an attempt to serve a criminal complaint warrant on Curtis Howerton, 27, of Middlesboro. Upon arrival at the motel, officers made contact with Howerton and a female. During a search incident to the arrest, Sgt. Joe Holder discovered a safe containing price tags, scales, a ledger containing names and figures, plastic baggies and a glass pipe on a table; a glass pipe with residue on the nightstand; and a plastic box with plastic baggies, a police scanner, a surveillance camera and $257 cash on the dresser.

Howerton’s charges included three counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession or use of a radio that sends or receives police messages.

Another methamphetamine arrest was made early Tuesday morning.

According to the arrest citation, officers with MPD were dispatched to the area of Westside Trailer Park in regards to a gold pickup truck that was possibly involved in drug activity. Upon arrival, Officer Floyd Patterson located a male coming out of a trailer walking toward a gold pickup. As Patterson made contact with Dexter Roscoe Mason, 32, of Middlesboro, Mason dropped a piece of clear plastic from his right hand behind his back as Patterson stood in front of him. The bag contained several small crystals. The crystals field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mason was charged with tampering with physical evidence and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

In other police news:

* Christopher L. Dilbeck, 37, was arrested Monday afternoon after Officer Jeremiah Johnson allegedly observed him walking eastbound on Exeter Avenue unsteady on his feet.

According to the arrest citation, in addition to being unsteady on his feet, Dilbeck had slurred speech and glassy eyes with pinpoint pupils. Dilbeck had in his possession one pink pill, believed to be hydrocodone, in his right pocket not in any type of proper container.

Dilbecks charges included public intoxication by a controlled substance excluding alcohol, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription controlled substance not in original container.

*Joshua Logan, 30, of Arjay, served a bench warrant for court, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and alcohol intoxication in a public place and

*Joe Johnson Jr., 21, of Coldiron, served a bench warrant for court and receiving stolen property (firearm).

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

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