A Bledsoe woman is facing multiple charges including possession of methamphetamine after police received a complaint she was allegedly shoplifting at the Dollar General in Baxter.
Ariel Turner, 25, was arrested on Tuesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley.
According to the citation, KSP received a call from the Dollar General store at Baxter advising Turner was shoplifting. She pulled onto U.S. 119 as police arrived, nearly hitting another vehicle in the process. Police performed a traffic stop. Turner’s eyes were bloodshot and glazed over, and her speech was slow. Turner had what appeared to be track marks on her arms, and advised she had been shooting up. She failed all sobriety tests. Turner told police she did take items from the Dollar General, including makeup, energy pills, head phones and hair beads. Turner was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital and read implied consent. She refused all tests. While searching the vehicle, police found a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine hidden under the console and wrapped in a white paper towel. A pack of rolling papers was also found.
Turner was charged with failure to wear a seat belt, excessive windshield tinting, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), theft by unlawful taking under $500, failure to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, no registration receipt and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Heather Stamper, 33, of Grays Knob, was arrested on Tuesday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;
• Mary Brackett, 56, of Harlan, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely on Tuesday. She was indicted for first- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.
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