Man charged with meth possession

Police say man threw needle on ground

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

Bryan Tompkins

A Harlan man is facing multiple drug charges including possession of methamphetamine after police allegedly found meth on his person.

Bryan Tompkins, 26, was arrested on Wednesday by Harlan City Police Sgt. Jeff Owens.

According to Owens, he and HPD Officer Michael Scott responded to a complaint was received from the Village Center Mall security staff concerning Tompkins loitering on the mall property.

“They said he appeared to be under the influence,” Owens said. “They asked him to leave. Instead of leaving, he actually went to another store inside Village Center and would not leave the property.”

Owens said when he and Scott arrived at Village Center Mall, Tompkins left the area.

“He walked over toward the (National Guard) armory,” Owens explained. “They’re shooting that movie over there so there were a lot of vehicles and people there. He went behind what looked like a food tent and tried to hide.”

Owens said he and Scott parked and walked toward Tompkins.

According to Owens, Tompkins saw them coming and pulled something out of his pants and discarded it.

“Once we made contact with him…Officer Scott and I noticed he was very jittery and unsteady on his feet,” Owens said. “We knew right away he was possibly under the influence.”

Owens said Tompkins was placed in handcuffs.

“We asked him what he had thrown down,” Owens said. “He advised us he threw a hypodermic needle down, he had seen us coming and he didn’t want to get caught with it. We retrieved the needle and put it in a sharps container.”

Owens said Tompkins had an active bench warrant out on him that stemmed from charges originally filed by HPD.

“I asked him several times if he had anything in his pockets we needed to know about. He stated no,” Owens said.

Tompkins was found in possession of a clear white baggie containing a white substance, Owens said.

“He advised it was methamphetamine,” Owens said.

Tompkins was charged with public intoxication by a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), third-degree criminal trespassing, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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Police say man threw needle on ground

By Joe P. Asher

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