A Cumberland man is facing multiple drug charges after he allegedly attempted to swallow some pills when police discovered he had active warrants during a traffic stop.
John Edward Lee, 58, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Mark Saylor on Saturday.
According to the citation, Saylor observed a vehicle with one headlight and conducted a traffic stop. Saylor discovered Lee had two active warrants out on him. During the arrest, Lee attempted to swallow 11 oblong white pills. Use of force was required to prevent Lee from swallowing the pills. Lee was placed under arrest and a search found him to be in possession of four unmarked blue pills and two small bags wrapped around a white rock-like substance. Lee also had a cut straw in his possession as well as a pill grinder with white residue inside. He had $384.30 on his person. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene to check Lee for injuries. Lee refused care.
Lee was charged with illegal possession of a legend drug, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, prescription controlled substance not in original container, trafficking in legend drugs, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and one headlight.
Lee was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on multiple full cash bonds totaling $5,250.
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