Man arrested on drug charges

Man, woman indicted for trafficking

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

Jason Lewis

A man is facing multiple charges including tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana after police received a complaint he was allegedly walking up and down the road making rude gestures at people.

Jason S. Lewis, 29, was arrested by Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford.

According to the citation, police received a complaint Lewis was walking up and down the road “flipping people off.” The person making the complaint told police Lewis got into a maroon vehicle and a possible drug transaction took place. Alford performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Lewis jumped out of the car and turned away from Alford. He would not show his hands to police when given orders to do so. Lewis then threw a baggie that contained a green leafy substance and a white pill. Alford advised Lewis he was under arrest and told him to put out his hands. Lewis failed to follow lawful commands. Alford placed Lewis’ hands behind his back and handcuffed him, and placed him in the police vehicle. Lewis advised police the pill was Xanax. Lewis complained of back pain and was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital for treatment.

Lewis was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, prescription controlled substance not in original container, menacing and resisting arrest.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full cash bond.

In other police activity:

• Aaron Amburgey, 24, of Cumberland, and Megan Shepherd, 25, of Baxter, were arrested by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office on indictment warrants.

According to a press release, Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely arrested Shepherd on Friday. She was indicted on a charge of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Ely arrested Amburgey on Sunday. He was indicted for second-degree trafficking of a controlled substance.

Both were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. The cases remain under the investigation of Harlan County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives. Additional arrests are pending;

• Joshua Ty Lee, 19, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Mark Saylor on Sunday.

According to a press release, Cumberland City Police Department received a call about an altercation at Pizza Hut. Officers arrived and located several subjects arguing and fighting. After investigation, officers learned that Lee had assaulted a Pizza Hut employee. Police attempted to make contact with Lee when he ran from police, leaving a backpack at the scene. The investigation is continuing with other charges pending. Officers assisting at the scene were Sgt. Allen Layne, Sgt. John Teagle, Officer Mark Saylor, Officer Zach Smith and Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Ely.

The release states evidence recovered at the scene included a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a quantity of alcohol, 85 Neurontin (gabapentin) pills, along with 19 Valium. A man and woman were also arrested on misdemeanor charges related to the incident.

Lee was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol), second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, first-degree disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 full cash bond.

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Man, woman indicted for trafficking

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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