An Evarts man is facing drug charges after police allegedly found five bags of crystal meth in his possession after stopping the car he was riding in.
Justin Napier, 38, was arrested by Evarts City Police Officer Brian Napier on Sunday.
According to Officer Napier, Evarts Police Department received a tip concerning the vehicle Napier was riding in.
“It appeared to be swerving back and forth on the roadway,” Officer Napier said. “I stopped it at the Marathon (convenient store) and made contact with the driver.”
Officer Napier said the driver appeared nervous but was not intoxicated. The driver gave consent to search the vehicle. The passenger, Justin Napier, was found in possession of a small box containing five small plastic bags containing what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, two small bags containing what appeared to be marijuana, syringes and other items.
Officer Napier stated Justin Napier advised police the items belonged to him. The clear crystal substance tested positive for methamphetamine. The street value of the methamphetamine was estimated at approximately $4,000.
The citation states $751 in cash was found in Justin Napier’s possession.
Justin Napier was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $7,500 full cash bond.
Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Freeman assisted at the scene.
In other police activity:
• Devan Blevins, 19, was arrested on Sunday by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Carlock. Blevins was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, person 18-20 in possession of alcohol, reckless driving, speeding, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to wear seat belt, resisting arrest, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle, first-degree disorderly conduct, failure to or improper signal, and first degree wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;
• Charles Wayne Helton, 53, of Evarts, was served an indictment warrant by Evarts City Police Officer Joseph Jones on Sunday. He was indicted for first- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no registration receipt, no registration plates, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle and no operator’s-moped license. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.
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